Vaccine against Heroin patented in Mexico

Heroin vaccine patented in Mexico

Mexico has been working on a vaccine against heroine addiction which according to their government, should be ready for use in 5 years. The vaccine, which was patented just this week, has already been fully experimented on rats and according to the Health Secretary, Salomon Chertorivski, "the next step is testing on humans."

"We can be very proud of our scientists at the National Institute of Psychiatry because they've achieved something that hasn't been achieved in other areas of the world. And it's not only heroin; that's what's been patented so far but we're advancing rapidly on (programs against addictions to) cocaine (and) methamphetamines," said the health minister.

The vaccine still has to go through the "normal development process" before it's ready to be used by humans.

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