Wouldn’t it be great to just take a pill or a shot and rid your worst problems, like drug addiction? Our Federal Government seems to think it’s still possible. The ongoing incestual relationship between the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and pharmaceutical companies has turned up yet another failure to produce anything substantial or groundbreaking except more tax dollars wasted. With at least $3 million in grants given by NIDA to study the TA-CD vaccine for cocaine addiction treatment, the best that the researchers were able to come up with was that about a third of the recipients reduced their drug use by about half. In other words, none of them stopped using cocaine, but some of them used it less often.
Wow. That money could have gone to helping get 100 or more people through a successfu long-term drug rehab and had a much more significant outcome, with many of them being off drugs permanently!
Instead we have more wasted tax dollars that are given to, ultimately, private enterprises (pharmaceutically-driven) looking to strike it rich on the next wonder drug or vaccine (of which the vast majority wind up cuasing so much harm in side effects that they face billions of dollars in law suits).