The immune system has an extraordinary ability to recognize compounds foreign to the body and eliminate them. NIDA-sponsored scientists are working to harness this ability to create vaccines that will protect individuals against the psychogenic and addictive effects of abused drugs. This animation shows one of the most promising strategies, which has already yielded partial success in producing effective vaccines against nicotine, cocaine, and other drugs.
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National Institute of Drug Abuse (2012). Animation: Building an Anti-Drug Vaccine Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2012/12/animation-building-anti-drug-vaccine