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This will be a big national discussion soon. A research team in Texas has created a Fentanyl vaccine that prevents rats from "feeling the euphoric effects of fentanyl without inducing any notable adverse side effects. It also prevents rats from overdosing, and both benefits are expected to translate to human recipients. In the coming months, they will begin manufacturing clinical-grade vaccines for use in human trials. The vaccine works by stimulating the production of antibodies that bind to fentanyl and prevent it from entering the brain." How could this be used? Nick Russo gives a few possibilities. "Maybe we mandate that anyone resuscitated from an overdose on the street receives a vaccine along with their dose of Narcan. Or even anyone caught using or carrying fentanyl." or "Maybe we mandate anyone convicted in drug court must receive the fentanyl vaccine prior to release from prison or as a condition of parole." It's important to realize that fentanyl is so powerful it removes a person's basic self-preservation instinct in favor of a path of pure destruction. Then, fentanyl addicts usually turn to a routine of crime to fuel their addiction, which most US cities see on full display on a daily basis. Sadly, this path eventually leads to a fatal overdose. By May of 2021, for the first time in history, over 100,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in the preceding 12 months. It's only getting worse. The following writeup by Nick Russo does an excellent job laying out how big the current fentanyl crisis is, how things are only getting drastically worse in spite of enormous amounts of money being thrown at the problem, and finally how there is a coming thin line between this being a silver bullet if implemented wisely or totalitarian spiral. I want to encourage people to give this a read and try to understand the US fentanyl crisis at a deeper level before jumping to an emotional response. I hope it's helpful. And one way or another, this discussion is coming, as is a different path of dealing with this crisis. ๐Ÿค™

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