Catalyst - Addiction Vaccines

What if you were able to vaccinate your children against addictive drugs like nicotine, heroin, cocaine or amphetamines before they were even old enough to try them? Drug addiction remains a huge social and medical challenge. Treatments for nicotine, cocaine, heroin and amphetamine addiction currently achieve limited success.
But imagine if there was a vaccine that would stop these drugs from having any pleasurable effect on the brain and body... no rush, no high and no reward to get addicted to. Well, that medical dream is about to become a reality. Vaccines against many common addictive drugs are currently undergoing trials and look set to hit the market within five years.
But they do raise an ethical dilemma. If these vaccines can stop the effect of drugs why not use them as a preventative? Why not give them to teenagers before they even try smoking, or using cocaine or speed. Would you do it? Will governments mandate it? These are just some of the mind-blowing ethical questions raised when Catalyst’s Jonica Newby visits the USA to investigate science’s new war on drugs.

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