Soon kids may be able to inhale their smallpox vaccines instead of getting a shot and a lollipop. We may breathe in our antibiotics instead of popping pills. And in the oldest of traditions, some might puff on opiates at home to ease the pain of cancer. Legal and medicinal puffs, of course.
Inhalable drugs won’t be just for the lungs anymore.
Scientists know that if a medicine reaches the depths of the lungs, it will continue straight into the bloodstream; that’s why nicotine gives an immediate buzz. In fact, the pulmonary intake method can process medicine as quickly and effectively as an intravenous injection, but without the patient squeamishness.