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UMN researchers creating vaccine to prevent opioid addiction

While researchers aren’t sure of all the causes of opioid addiction, the brain’s reward center and dopamine play a large role, said Mark Thomas, University associate professor and member of the executive committee of the University’s Medical Discovery Team on addiction. There are some “tools” doctors use to help opioid addiction, but the vaccine could be more effective and longer-lasting, Thomas said.

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