Scientists have found a naturally-occurring bacterial enzyme that breaks down cocaine thereby reducing its effects, and addictive properties in a report published January 2, 2010 by The Telegraph.
The enzyme, named Cocaine esterase, CocE, may be useful for addicts seeking relief from this terrible, and expensive addiction.
The research involved rats who self-administered cocaine. Those treated with the enzyme showed a marked reduction in cocaine use, those not treated remained basically untouched.
The study was conducted by Professor Friedbert Weiss of The Scripps Research Institute. His article was written in The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
The main problem with the enzyme now is that it is short-acting in the body, so a beefed up more stable version was developed named DM-CocE demonstrating a longer duration of effectiveness.
Weiss says, “These therapeutic approaches may therefore not be “fail-safe” for reducing cocaine intake by determined users” but “long-acting forms of CocE represent potentially valuable treatment approaches not only for the prevention of cocaine-induced toxicity but also for ongoing cocaine abuse in humans.” Eurekalert.ore.
See also cocaine vaccine info here
Any help in the fight against drug addiction should be welcome news, and we may have a new tool coming online for people to take advantage of. Hopefully, the therapeutic effects outweigh any risks associated with the enzyme, if in fact any are discovered through further testing.
If you or a loved one needs help with any type of drug problem, contact these sites depending on where you live. SEMCA (Wayne County residents), CARE (Macomb County residents), PACE (Oakland County residents), Drug Free Detroit (City of Detroit residents). For those residing outside the State of Michigan, contact SAMHSA for assistance.
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