U.S. Army Abandons Human ‘Guinea Pig’ Experimental Drug Patients

The fact that the United States government has experimented with new drugs on military recruits is well known, but the fact that it has consistently failed to take care of the damaged patients should be causing outrage. David S. Martin reports for CNN:

The moment 18-year-old Army Pvt. Tim Josephs arrived at Edgewood Arsenal in 1968, he knew there was something different about the place.

“It just did not look like a military base, more like a hospital,” recalled Josephs, a Pittsburgh native. Josephs had volunteered for a two-month assignment at Edgewood, in Maryland, lured by three-day weekends closer to home.

“It was like a plum assignment,” Josephs said. “The idea was they would test new Army field jackets, clothing, weapons and things of that nature, but no mention of drugs or chemicals.”

But when he went to fill out paperwork the morning after his arrival, the base personnel were wearing white lab coats, and Josephs said he had second thoughts. An officer took him aside.

“He said, ‘You volunteered for this. You’re going to do it. If you don’t, you’re going to jail. You’re going to Vietnam either way — before or after,'” Josephs said recently.

From 1955 to 1975, military researchers at Edgewood were using not only animals but human subjects to test a witches’ brew of drugs and chemicals. They ranged from potentially lethal nerve gases like VX and sarin to incapacitating agents like BZ.

Read the secret (now unclassified) Army document revealing BZ tests on soldiers (PDF)

The military also tested tear gas, barbiturates, tranquilizers, narcotics and hallucinogens like LSD…

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10 Comments on "U.S. Army Abandons Human ‘Guinea Pig’ Experimental Drug Patients"

  1. DeepCough | Mar 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm |

    Anyone ever see “Jacob’s Ladder”?

  2. Marklar_Prime | Mar 2, 2012 at 12:26 am |

    Sounds like the military places little or no value on human life, I’m so shocked.

  3. Anarchy Pony | Mar 2, 2012 at 12:44 am |

    That’s nothing, don’t forget when they tested things on the public without their prior knowledge or consent.
    They list several instances towards the end of this film, Human Resources.

  4. gwen jackson | Mar 3, 2012 at 3:38 am |

    lol, anyone upset by this should familiarize themselves with the way the pharmaceutical and government researchers have found to skirt the informed-consent rules that were put in place to ostensibly keep this sort of thing from ever happening again.

    Nothing ever really changes except the terminology.

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