New Vaccine May Reduce Craving for Fentanyl

A vaccine that combines a fentanyl antigen with a tetanus toxoid has been shown to reduce fentanyl choices and increase food choices with effects lasting several months in rats. These results suggest that the vaccine may not only decrease dangerous drug-taking behavior, but can also increase behaviors maintained by healthier non-drug alternatives. Read the whole…

Drug Companies Sued Over Opioid Epidemic

A U.S. District Court Judge is allowing a massive lawsuit against the country’s biggest drug makers and distributors to move forward. Hundreds of cities and towns across the United States now have the opportunity to prove that companies like Purdue Pharma, Walmart, and Rite Aid contributed to the addictions of millions of American citizens. Calling…

Cocaine Adulterant May Cause Brain Damage

People who regularly take cocaine cut with the animal anti-worming agent levamisole demonstrate impaired cognitive performance and a thinned prefrontal cortex. These findings from two recent studies at the University of Zurich indicate that levamisole could have a toxic effect on the brain. Drug-checking programs should therefore be expanded, argue the researchers. Read more at…