Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Drug Could Help Beat Cocaine Addiction

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Drug Could Help Beat Cocaine Addiction

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Byline: MARK PRIGG

COCAINE addicts could be helped to kick the habit with a revolutionary treatment.

A new drug has been developed that neutralises the narcotic's effect on the brain.

Drug treatment experts believe that, if given to recovering addicts each morning, it would protect them if they later snorted cocaine because the substance would have no effect on the "feelgood" centres of the brain it normally stimulates.

Alasdair Young, consultant psychologist and treatment director of the Craig Castle hospital for drug dependency in Peebleshire, Scotland, said: "The problem is that, however good a recovering addict's will is in the morning, if they go out in the evening they can be severely tempted.

"This drug would basically make them immune from the effects of cocaine and would be a perfect way around the problem."

He said the new drug would also be valuable for treating people who overdose on cocaine, as it could neutralise the narcotic's effect before it attacked the brain. …

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