I really think this administration is intent on keeping the focus on guns when the real focus should be on pharmaceuticals.....not just any
pharmaceuticals but on just what drugs our government has been experimenting with. Is the Gun Control debate being used to take the attention off of
something dark and shadowy that our government does not want you to turn your attention on?
I did some research on the history of antidepressants. That alone was enough to cause my alert button to glow red. Then...
That dot connected me to the National Institute of Health (NIH). They have a drug research division called the National Center for Advancing
Translational Sciences (NCATS) www.ncats.nih.gov...
This is a very curious group. Although its premise has been around a few years, it received more focused attention during this administration, and
was officially launched in January 2012. It is supposed to bypass the slow and costly development of new drugs. In other words, the Government is
getting into the drug business. It is involved in a variety of disciplines of which Social and Behavioral Sciences is but one.
This dot then lead me to ResearchMatch which is the arm of the NCATS that connects researchers to volunteers.....people willing to undergo
experimental trials. www.researchmatch.org...
Then, I recalled that James Holmes, the Aurora, CO shooter, had received a $21,600 grant from the NIH. Was the University of Colorado one of the
researchers for NCATS? www.ncats.nih.gov...
Yes they were. Does that mean anything? I don't know. But, if J.H. was connected in any way, shape, or form, to this government agency as a
volunteer for clinical experimentation, I would like to know what drugs he may or may not have been given.
Then, I looked up Jacob Tyler Roberts, the Oregon Mall shooter, to see if this young man was near any university that may be a participant in the
ResearchMatch program of NCATS. I found out that the Oregon Health & Science University is also a participant.
Whoa! Of course, I had to look up nearby participants to Newtown, and discovered that 32 miles away, at Yale, they, too, are participants.
In reading through the NIH and NCATS websites, one gets the idea that this is just our government trying to implement a better way to get experimental
drugs through the long pipeline of costly tests and clinical trials and to help facilitate a faster and better way toward cures and new therapies.
But, upon closer scrutiny, the ResearchMatch program where volunteers are matched up with researchers disturbs me, especially when it comes to drugs
that affect the brain and behavior.
Someone, please........ blow a hole in my hypothesis!