As if amphetamine “go pills” for combat pilots were not enough, now an aerosol-delivered “feel good” drug for soldiers is being tested (on soldiers). This fast acting thyroid-stimulating hormone will be used to instantly combat suicidal thoughts in a military where more soldiers are now dying by their own hand than are killed by any enemy.
According to the Army Times, as part of a effort to combat suicides in the nation’s military, an Indiana University School of Medicine scientist, Michael Kubek, was awarded $3 million to develop a nasal spray intended to combat suicidal thoughts among soldiers. Now Kubek and other scientists at Purdue and at Hebrew University in Jerusalem have developed a fast acting nasal spray that is designed to prevent suicide by delivering appropriate doses of the drug to the brain over time.
Of course the nasal spray is not meant to replace antipsychotic and/or anti depressant drugs, it is meant to help “stabilize” the person while he waits for the antipsychotic and/or antidepressant drugs to take effect.
Inhaling euphoric hormones might help our soldiers feel better in the moment but it’s not going to make them more emotionally stable. Like so much in traditional medicine this drug treats the symptom and masks the source of the problem. Since you’re feeling so good, what could be wrong? In the case of our soldiers, this could mean it would be business as usual for the military and yet another deployment for the now “feeling good” soldier.
Certainly, for those soldiers who are already suffering, getting the drug quickly to the brain could be a lifesaver. But, that might just depend. What if the military only plans to send these soldiers back into combat after they have “helped” them “feel good”.
I can think of a much better way to protect soldiers of the future from wanting to commit suicide – stop sending them to die in endless and meaningless wars where the killing innocent civilians is so casually called “collateral damage”!
With suicide rapidly becoming the leading cause of death among those assigned to carry out the US Mission, officially sanctioned drug use has reached unprecedented levels.
After two long-running wars with escalating levels of combat stress, more than 110,000 active-duty Army troops last year were taking prescribed antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs, according to figures recently disclosed by the U.S. Army surgeon general. Nearly 8% of the active-duty Army is on sedatives and more than 6% on antidepressants. That’s an eightfold increase since 2005.
Read on at Los Angeles Times
The LRC Blog has another perspective in an article titled: ‘Rapid Progress’: Controlling the Imperial Military With Drugs.
The kind and thoughtful people who are developing this technology don’t intend to restrict that blessing to the military, but want all of us to partake of it.
“This is far from a soldiers-only solution,” Kubek predicts. “Potentially, if this works, we have an entirely new type of pharmacology.”
We can expect that the civilian beneficiaries of this suicide-prevention method would include those put in government cages for the supposed crime of consuming other mood-altering substances without the State’s permission.
Sources: Read More
- The Army Has Issued Anti-Suicide Nasal Spray
- A fog of drugs and war
- ‘Rapid Progress’: Controlling the Imperial Military With Drugs
- US Army grants $3 million for anti-suicide nasal spray research
- Active-Duty Soldiers Take Their Own Lives at Record Rate
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