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NIH division spends $2.3 million in taxpayer money to inject puppies with cocaine before killing, recycling them in lurid study: Report

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse — a division of the National Institutes of Health — reportedly injected puppies with cocaine before killing and recycling them for further experiments, the White Coat Waste Project has alleged.

The project, according to the report, was carried out in search of addiction treatment for humans.

What are the details?

White Coat Waste Project researchers allege that a fairly recent study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse used at least 13 beagle puppies over a period of two years and put them in drug-injecting jackets that administered cocaine to the puppies — who were as young as 6 months old.

The White Coat Waste Project uncovered the disturbing study through a Freedom of Information Act.

The National Institutes of Health, the report added, was said to have spent $2.3 million in taxpayer money on the experiments. The study's objective was to "evaluate the potential adverse cardiovascular effects that may result when [redacted] (test article) and cocaine (interaction article) are administered together to male Beagle dogs."

"Through this special drug-injecting jacket, puppies were dosed with cocaine again and again and again for months, along with an ‘experimental compound,’ to see how the two drugs interacted," the report stated. "The experiment, which ran from September 2020 to September 2021 (with a report due May 2022), was filmed, so experimenters could see if the puppies had any 'adverse reactions' to the drugs. Prior to being drugged, the dogs were also forced to undergo surgery, where they were implanted with a 'telemetry unit' to monitor their vital signs throughout the experiment."

Following the study, the puppies were either euthanized or recycled to be used in further experiments.

"According to documents we obtained via FOIA requests, the report 'may be submitted by NIDA to the FDA' — even though the FDA has said that it does not require drugs to be tested in dogs," the investigators added in the report.

Devin Murphy, communications manager at the White Coat Waste Project, said of the project, “Taxpayers should not be forced to foot the multimillion-dollar bill for wasteful and cruel ‘Coke Hound’ experiments in which beagle puppies are injected with cocaine just to fulfill burdensome and outdated FDA red tape."

In a Wednesday statement to Fox News, the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse said that there are not currently any medication treatments approved by the FDA for stimulant use disorders including cocaine overdoses.

"In 2020, a record-breaking 91,799 people died from a drug overdose in the United States," the statement read. "While much of the focus has been on opioid involved overdoses, stimulant drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine are an increasing threat, with 19,447 of the overdose deaths in 2020 involving cocaine and 23,837 of the overdose deaths in 2020 involving psychostimulants (primarily methamphetamine)."

To bridge the gap, the National Institute on Drug Abuse said that it executed the study on animals in order to advance it to a human study.

"This is done for the sole purpose of ensuring that a new medication will be safe in people who are seeking treatment for cocaine use disorder, and who may resume cocaine use while in treatment," the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Drug Abuse said, according to Fox News. "It is important that a proposed new treatment does not increase the effect of the well-documented and potentially lethal cardiovascular effects of cocaine."

The experiments were reportedly contracted to SRI International, which was previously found to be responsible for its studies to "de-bark" puppies.

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(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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