Heroin vaccine works in monkeys + Police warned potent drug can kill in one breath

Heroin vaccine works in monkeys, being readied for human testing

EXCERPT: After many years of research in animals, a vaccine to block the effects of heroin is finally ready for human testing, according to a study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute. The vaccine causes antibodies to quickly mobilize and sequester heroin and its psychoactive products in rhesus monkeys. By inhibiting the heroin high, the vaccine might help recovering addicts refrain from relapsing....

Police warned of drug so powerful it can kill in one breath

EXCERPT: [...] Rosenstein also urged people working in law enforcement to practise extreme caution when handling fentanyl, a synthetic opioid between 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. The drug is prescribed for severe pain, but is increasingly being sold on the street, often mixed with heroine or other drugs. Fentanyl is so powerful that it poses a threat to emergency service staff who encounter it as part of their job. “Inhaling just a few airborne particles could be fatal,” said Rosenstein. “Our police officers and first responders face this danger every day.”

[...] fentanyl [...] caused a police officer to collapse. [...] preliminary data suggesting drug overdose deaths rose nearly 20 per cent in 2016, compared with the previous year. [...] data compiled by the New York Times suggests overdose deaths in the US probably exceeded 59,000 in 2016....

MORE: https://www.newscientist.com/article/213...ne-breath/

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