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Heroin Vaccine: Hope for Addicts in Troy

How Heroin Affects the Brain

Heroin is a drug that is taken either through injection, by sniffing or smoking it. It enters the brain and generates a feeling of pleasure and high, thus preventing the brain from feeling any pain. It is derived from morphine which is found in poppy seed plants. Figures suggest that around $22 billion of tax money in the US is lost in treatment of heroin addicts, which includes workers productivity loss and medical care bills. The development of a heroin vaccine would benefit not only the world at large, but also those in Troy.

How Do Vaccines Work

Vaccines introduce a tiny amount of a disease (usually in weakened or dead form) or something that resembles the chemical make-up of a disease into a persons bloodstream. This triggers the immune system to identify the illness and create antibodies which help to stop the particular disease in its tracks.

But cocaine being much smaller than a microbe is almost invisible to the human immune system once it enters the bloodstream. This is why the development of a cocaine vaccine for the past couple of years has involved attaching the vaccine to a virus for easy identification by the immune system.

Understanding the Consequences

Estimated figures report that 23% of those who try heroin once, get addicted to it. Also, approximately 20 million people around the world are addicted to heroin.

The use of contaminated syringes and overdose are a major concern as it complicates the situation further. Additionally, heroin addicts are prone to diseases like HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C.

Addiction

If you need any assistance in locating an effective addiction treatment program or a drug rehab center, call Affordable Rehab of Troy now at call (917) 473-0027 . GET HELP NOW!

What is addiction?

Addiction is the uncontrollable compulsion to repeat a behavior regardless of any negative consequences. Many substances or behaviors can create a pattern of conditions recognized as addiction which include a craving for more of the drug or behavior, an increase in withdrawal. Drugs that provide either pleasure or relief from pain create the possibility of being abused, resulting in a dependency or addiction.


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