Despite countless attempts made to incarcerate, rehabilitate and resuscitate our way out of our nation’s addiction crisis, all efforts have ultimately proven to be futile. A new solution being explored by researchers could hold promise for those struggling with substance addiction — but not for those with “cannabis use” disorders.
The opioid epidemic killed more than 560,000 people between 1999 and 2015 — drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. In 2015, accidental overdose killed 52,404 people; 20,101 of them died because of prescription pain killers, with 12,990 dying from heroin.
But researchers say they may have a new trick up their sleeves when it comes to helping people with addiction issues — injecting them with vaccines designed to eliminate their urge to abuse drugs.