Congress Investigating NIH After Reports of Experiments on Puppies

Congress Investigating NIH After Reports of Experiments on Puppies

( – There’s a lot of quarreling between the Democratic and Republican Parties these days, so much it’s rare to see the two join forces on an issue. Yet, that’s exactly what happened when reports surfaced indicating the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidance, was performing experiments on puppies using cocaine.

As reported by White Coat Waste (WCW) Project, a non-profit watchdog group, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request led to the discovery researchers conducted experiments on seven beagle puppies, injecting them with cocaine and observing the effects over a year.

According to the investigation, the study took place from March 2020 through September 2021 and cost a resounding $2.5 million taxpayer dollars. The purpose of the study was to determine if the puppies suffered any “adverse reactions” to the drugs, and the NIDA was allegedly going to send a copy of the report findings to the FDA. However, the FDA clearly stated it “does not mandate that human drugs be studied in dogs,” meaning the study may not have been necessary at all — and the puppies might have been subjected to the treatment unnecessarily.

This information prompted both Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) to get involved in a Congressional probe. According to a press release, the pair are investigating the NIDA study and seeking answers to specific questions such as:

  • How much taxpayer money has gone to funding dog testing for the specific contract (HHSN271201800019I)?
  • Have researchers completed all dog testing under this particular contract?
  • Did NIDA work with the FDA in exploring animal alternatives?
  • Why use puppies after the FDA said it’s not mandated?

This situation is adding more fuel to fires the NIH currently finds itself facing. Between its handling of the pandemic, its connection to Chinese labs, and now these poor puppies, it seems the agency has a lot to answer for these days. Hopefully, the NIDA can account to Congress and explain why its researchers used so much taxpayer money for these awful experiments.

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