An investigation by the White Coat Waste Project (WCW) revealed Thursday that the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded studies of puppies being injected with the drug.
“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 researchers explained.
The research detailed that the experiment ran from September 2020 to September 2021 and had a report due in May 2022. In addition, the procedure was filmed so that the experimenters could see if the pups 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,” they noted.
They added that “at the end of the experiment, the ‘coke hounds’ were either killed or ‘recycled’ — meaning they were shipped off to be used in other wasteful, cruel, and unnecessary experiments.”
They also indicated that this was not a single experiment, they knew that similar studies were conducted at least twice. “Why do the same experiment twice? Why even do it once? We don’t know — but what we do know is that you’re footing the bill. These two experiments cost taxpayers over $2.3 million dollars.”
Another investigation into NIH studies
This is not the first investigation conducted by White Coat Waste Project. In October 2020, another journalistic work revealed that the NIH funded organizations injected and force-fed dogs with an experimental drug for several weeks before killing and dissecting them.
According to the investigation, the institute spent $1.68 million of its taxpayers’ money to poison and “debark” 44 Beagle puppies. It was also learned that they infected the animals with disease-causing parasites to test an experimental drug on them.