“Fentanyl is killing Americans at an unprecedented rate,” Anne Milgram, administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said in an April statement.
“Drug traffickers are driving addiction and increasing their profits by mixing fentanyl with other illicit drugs.
Tragically, many overdose victims have no idea they are ingesting deadly fentanyl, until it’s too late.”.
Now, researchers at the University of Houston say in a statement they have a potential solution that could be a “game-changer” in the fight against opioid overdoses: a new vaccine that blocks fentanyl from entering the brain.
In a study published in Pharmaceutics, scientists tested their vaccine on 60 rats.
The scientists found their vaccine did not cause adverse side effects in the rats.
The next steps for the researchers are to get FDA approval for the vaccine and to begin clinical trials. »