(TheRedWire.com) – Representatives Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA) sent a letter Nora D. Volkow, the director in charge of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), to investigate allegations and demand answers regarding the use of $2.3 million in taxpayer dollars spent in seemingly cruel and unnecessary testing performed on puppies by the NIDA, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In their February 16 letter to Volkow, they shared their concerns about the cruelty to these defenseless animals and the outrageous costs of these brutal experiments.
According to reports uncovered by the White Coat Waste (WCW) Project through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, researchers associated with NIDA conducted two sets of experiments between September 2020 to September 2021 and March 2020 to March 2021 using beagle puppies as young as 6-months old.
NIH is facing a congressional probe after reports emerged alleging the NIDA spent millions injecting beagle puppies with cocaine. https://t.co/nhnMf7dSys
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Before injecting them with cocaine and other drugs, researchers surgically implanted “telemetry units” in the puppies to monitor vital signs during the experiments. NIDA stated it would submit findings from the cocaine experiments to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Yet, the FDA recently indicated it doesn’t mandate such experiments for human drug studies. NIDA disagreed, saying it ran the study to meet another relevant government agency’s regulatory requirements, as well.
According to reports, this is not the first time the NIH has come under scrutiny for experimenting on animals. Dr. Fauci’s division of the NIH, the NIAID, reportedly funded an experiment that involved injecting puppies with bacteria and letting ticks bite them.
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