September 26, 2002
Non-addictive feel good drugs to replace cocaine?

Just as there are drugs that lift people out of depression there may some day be drugs that make a person feel even better than cocaine does but without addiction:

NeuroSearch AS of Denmark is developing an anticocaine and antialcohol drug that raises the body's normal level of three chemicals -- dopamine, serotonin and noadrenalin -- and thereby boosts the pleasure a person feels. "It fools the brain into thinking that the person has taken alcohol or cocaine," says Ole Graff, medical director for NeuroSearch. Unlike cocaine, though, NeuroSearch's drug enhances the user's mood in a gentle and gradual way. Animal tests suggest the company's drug isn't addictive.

The article above also discusses anti-addiction vaccines.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2002 September 26 03:56 PM  Biotech Society

Doug Johnson said at May 15, 2003 6:20 PM:

I don't believe it.

Lisa G said at April 7, 2004 9:34 AM:

No Way!

Stevie Nicks said at August 19, 2004 10:35 PM:


Get it out quick.

Recovery blows. I miss my coke and brandy days.

steve cook said at March 3, 2005 1:27 AM:

No way, It sounds like crap. Plus if it were posiazble I dont think that the Cocaine cartells would let it hit the market. They are too big and powerful and would lose their entire market.

margret said at March 3, 2005 1:29 AM:

If you want to get down, get down on the ground cocaine. Dont forget that speck you cant get it back cocaine

Matthew Garrison said at April 1, 2008 9:35 PM:

I believe it is possible, but by "gentle and gradual way" means chronic daily dosing to obtain an effect, causing physical dependence (and withdrawal symptoms upon sudden cessation), and by "non-addictive" means it simply doesn't cause compulsive drug seeking behavior in most individuals. There already is a drug reported to do exactly this on the market and it is called Bupropion, sold under the brand Wellbutrin for treatment of depression and Zyban for quitting smoking.

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