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

See allHide authors and affiliations

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

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


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.