Doctor: cut government waste; let private sector “invest” in recreational street drug experiments

09 February 2016 | Newsworthy

You must read this.

Dr. Cynthia Radnitz is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience in treating human patients suffering from substance misuse disorders at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center. Working with the White Coat Waste Project, Dr. Radnitz has put forth this must-read commentary about taxpayer-funded animal experimentation in New Hampshire.

Dr. Radnitz’s common sense proposal is something everyone can agree on including the “Republican presidential candidates or indeed Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders—who want more money allocated to taking the opioid crisis on.”

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Her piece is especially timely, given the $1 trillion “Cromnibus” spending package that gives the NIH its biggest pay raise – and therefore the greatest expansion of taxpayer-funded animal experiments – in over 12 years. So we placed it the day of the New Hampshire primary – when it mattered most.

Money quote:

As a clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience in treating human patients suffering from substance misuse disorders at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center, in private practice, and an author of seven articles on alcohol and drug abuse in peer-reviewed journals, I don’t rely on data from the animal experiments to guide my clinical decisions for treating human addicts. I don’t trust that the data from artificially addicted mice and forcibly addicted monkeys translates to my human patients.

And this:

If there’s really merit in seeing what happens when you stick a monkey on cocaine, or drill into housecats’ brains or enjoying some voyeurism with horny rats, the private sector will fund that. I’m sure they’re all chomping at the bit for the opportunity to work on such vital experiments.

To read more from Dr. Cynthia Radnitz at NH Journal please follow this link.

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