Saturday, June 22, 2002

Sodium Amytal ('Truth Serum') being administered to Godhra carnage accused

I think this is a big story. Because, sodium amytal is a psychiatric medication, not a truth serum.

Here's some stuff from the Michael Jackson case.

"It's a psychiatric medication that cannot be relied on to produce fact," says Dr. Resnick, a Cleveland psychiatrist. "People are very suggestible under it. People will say things under sodium Amytal that are blatantly untrue." Sodium Amytal is a barbiturate, an invasive drug that puts people in a hypnotic state when it's injected intravenously.

"Primarily administered for the treatment of amnesia, it first came into use during World War II, on soldiers traumatized -- some into catatonic states -- by the horrors of war. Scientific studies done in 1952 debunked the drug as a truth serum and instead demonstrated its risks: False memories can be easily implanted in those under its influence."

Here's more reading on the subject.

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