It’s common knowledge that illegal drug use in the United States is high. Selling it is an easy way to make money. If people just used drugs and could put them down at will that would be one problem, however the fact is one of the main problems with illegal drugs is they “hook” people; users become addicted to them
One drug that is extremely addicting is cocaine.
To get an idea of its impact, follow it through popular music. The song “Cocaine” was written by J.J. Cale in 1976. The version of the song best known is the one recorded by Eric Clapton in 1977. I am providing Cale’s version here. I am providing Clapton’s version here.
Why mess with a song when writing about what is ultimately an article about research? No group of people represents the problem of drug abuse more than famous musicians. Also, they are the “trend setters.” What they do is copied by the general population. It is my hope this effectively shows the problem.
Among iconic musicians who have died from various drugs are Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Keith Moon just to name a few.
The good news is that scientists have tentatively come up with a vaccine for cocaine. What it does is push the immune system to create more antibodies. This works the same as fighting an infection. The antibodies attach themselves to the cocaine and prevent it from entering the brain.1
The scientists tried it on three levels. The highest level of vaccine yielded a 45 percent success rate. The second group attained a 35 percent success rate. Of course those who did not receive vaccine had no positive results.
In the groups receiving the vaccine no side effects were observed.
Obviously this brings hope to the many addicts; it brings medical treatment to the street.
Unfortunately what the cocaine vaccine does not bring hope to is the amount of cocaine that is brought to this country by sea and by land.
Cocaine is on the rise. It is a recreational drug as well as a drug that creates addiction. It is primarily used by adults and primarily by males.
Those addicted seem to be represented primarily by the poor.
Still I like the idea that there is the possibility of a vaccine. Many abusers are preyed upon by the pushers when they are still in grade school and have no chance to avoid addiction.
At least with a vaccine they have a chance at recovery and even protection.
1 National Institute of Health (NIH) News, November 2009, Page 4, “Cocaine Vaccine Shows Promise”