NIH awards $5M for heroin addiction, AIDS vaccine

The NIH is forking over $5 million over the course of 5 years to a Walter Reed Army Institute of Research scientist for advancing a dual vaccine to treat heroin addiction and protect against HIV infection. Gary Matyas is working on a vaccine that will focus on heroin abuse and the high risk of HIV infection in those who inject the drug with needles. The money comes specifically from the NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse. Story