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U.S. Research on Sedatives in Combat Sets Off Alarms

Science  02 Aug 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5582, pp. 764
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5582.764

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Summary

The U.S. government is sponsoring research into the feasibility of combat use of sedatives and other drugs that inhibit the function of the central nervous system. The work, described in documents obtained by Science, is part of a broader effort to create an arsenal of nonlethal weapons for soldiers and police. But critics say that turning such drugs into tools to subdue hostile forces would run counter to an international treaty that bans the use of chemical weapons.

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