(CNSNews.com) – The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a division of the federal governmentâ€™s National Institutes of Health (NIH), has spent $3,634,807 over the past decade funding research that involves getting monkeys to smoke and drink drugs such as PCP, methamphetamine (METH), heroin, and cocaine and then studying their behavior, including during different phases of the female monkeysâ€™ menstrual cycles.
The study also uses â€œinterventionsâ€ as â€œtreatment modelsâ€ for monkeys who have been taught to use drugs.
NIDA wins CNSNews.com’s “What Were They Smoking Award”â€”symbolized by The Golden Hookah (see video)â€”for sponsoring an outrageous government spending program that sends taxpayer dollars up in smoke.
Precursor research on drug-using monkeys, also funded by NIDA, discovered that after smoking cocaine monkeys exhibited â€œdilated pupils and slightly agitated, hyperactive behaviorâ€â€”which helped researchers conclude that the â€œphysiological effectsâ€ of cocaine on monkeys â€œwere similar to those reported in studies of human subjects.â€
In yet another federally funded study of drug-taking monkeys, the monkeys were sometimes given â€œtrail mixâ€ after â€œtheir daily experimental sessions.â€
Back in 2001, the NIH gave $328,364 to a project called â€œA Primate Model of Drug Abuse: Intervention Strategies.â€ The principal investigator for the project was Dr. Marilyn E. Carroll, a professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota.
TheÂ description of the grant published by NIH said: â€œGoals of the proposed research are to use a rhesus monkey model of drug abuse, to study factors affecting vulnerability to drug abuse and to evaluate behavioral and pharmacological treatment interventions. Routes of administration that have been developed in this laboratory will include oral drug self-administration and smoking.â€
â€œVulnerability factors to be examined,â€ said the NIH description, â€œare sex and phase of the menstrual cycle as well as patterns/duration of access to drugs.â€
â€œThe drugs that will be studied,â€ the NIH said, â€œare cocaine, ethanol, heroin, methadone and phencyclidine (PCP).â€
â€œThe use of nondrug reinforcers as a behavioral treatment will also be compared in male and female monkeys and during 3 phases of the menstrual cycle,â€ said the description.
â€œPotential treatment medications will also be examined in male monkeys using a behavioral economic approach.â€
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