Action Alert: Help End Animal Drug Experiments
Can shocking mice through their feet for 15 minutes at a time help us learn whether marital stress can lead to alcoholism? Surprisingly enough, millions of tax dollars are being spent on “stressing” animals, giving them drugs and alcohol, and infecting them with diseases—all to study substance abuse problems that are unique to the human species.
Many scientists agree that such studies are not productive. Researchers have many superior alternatives to animal experiments when studying substance abuse in humans. Neuropsychological testing devices and CT scans have been used to identify brain changes, memory gaps, and language deficits in drug-abusing humans. These types of problems would never have been detected in an animal.
Please write to the directors of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and ask them to shift their funding focus.
Nora Volkow, M.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 5213
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Ting-Kai Li, M.D.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
6000 Executive Boulevard - Willco Building
Bethesda, MD 20892-7003