Science may have solved one of the biggest causes of addiction relapse: Memories. Surroundings can trigger memories of meth highs, which can result in a relapse. Researchers in Florida discovered that, if a specific protein, actin, was blocked, the addiction would disappear in rats. It would also kill them.
Now researchers at Scripps have found a way around the whole fatality issue, with blebbistatin. Blebbistatin would block actin only in the brain, preventing its application from being lethal. The authors of the paper admittedly don’t know what makes drug-related memories different from other memories, and it may completely alter the psyche of the human subject in question. So, don’t expect it at the pharmacy any day soon.