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Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute are closer than ever to developing a vaccine to fight heroin addiction, the institute announced in a statement on June 6.

Researchers at TSRI have been working for more than eight years to develop a vaccine that would block the “high” that heroin users feel, making it easier for people to recover from heroin addiction by helping to eliminate the “motivation” to use the drug. Their latest findings were published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society in June.

What would the vaccine do?

The vaccine — which has been tested on rhesus monkeys — works by training the body’s immune system to fight heroin molecules, creating antibodies that “neutralize” the heroin and block the molecules from getting to the brain, according the statement from TSRI.

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Scientists are one step closer to a vaccine that could combat heroin addiction
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