Next-Gen Crowd Control: “Calmative Agents” Will Put Entire Protests Under Sedation

Posted: June 26, 2015 in Tech
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It appears that the only reason calmative drugs are not already used is because police don’t have a good way of delivering them to the unruly citizens. Since a howitzer (which delivers the Army’s XM1063) might be a bit much for city streets, other means are being considered.

A short article from the “National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law” notes:

Ultimately, a calmative chosen for less lethal law enforcement purposes should exhibit the following characteristics: an easy and versatile route of administration, fast onset of action, a short drug effect duration, a consistent dose response, reversible action by antidote or rapid metabolism, and no long-lasting or permanent toxicity or side effects. A few ways that a non-lethal calmative might be administered, depending on the law enforcement environment, would include a topical or transdermal skin application, an aerosol spray, an intramuscular dart, or a rubber bullet filled with an inhalable agent. However, the ability to target a specific wrongdoer or horde, while not affecting outlying innocent bystanders, through a discriminatory application, has yet to be mastered. Until the proper administration techniques for a controllable yet effective calmative drug meet the demands of public welfare, calmatives, as riot control agents, will continue to be shelved.

In soliciting research and development for calmative agents, the JNLWD encouraged private entities to investigate a variety of chemicals and combinations, including anesthetics/analgesics, tranquilizers, hypnotics and neuromuscular blockers. They cited several law enforcement applications: “hostage and barricade situations; crowd control; close proximity encounters, such as, domestic disturbances, bar fights and stopped motorists; to halt fleeing felons; and prison riots.

Tomorrow’s cop could be able to put people into a stupor as easily as shocking them with a Taser gun. Could protests one day be met with a massive dose of sedative drugs delivered by unmanned aerial drones?

Source: [thefreethoughtproject]

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