The term "truth serum" refers to a number of mind-altering drugs that make you incapable of lying, or so the theory goes. Yes, such mind-altering drugs exist, but their effect does not compley inhibit a subject's ability to lie. Some truth serums, like sodium thiopental, slow the speed at which your body sends.
One of the more recent drugs examined for its truth-ling affects is oxytocin, known to women in labor as Pitocin. In 2005, two researchers at the University of Zurich examined the trust-promoting affects of the drug by studying 130 college students, some of whom were given a snort of oxytocin while the others received a placebo.
So do any of them actually work?
Until 2011, it was sometimes used as an anesthetic because patients usually pass out within 30-45 seconds after taking the drug. But the US stopped using the drug compley a few years ago.
Sodium Amytal is also a type of barbiturate, or downer.
"Truth serum" is a colloquial name for any of a range of psychoactive drugs used in an effort to obtain information from subjects who are unable or unwilling to provide it otherwise. These include ethanol, scopolamine, 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate, midazolam, flunitrazepam, sodium thiopental, and amobarbital, among others.
Central Bureau of Investigation also conducted this test on Krishna, a key witness (also suspect) in the high-profile 2008 Aarushi-Hemraj Murder Case to seek more information from Krishna and also determine his credibility as a witness with key information, yet not known to the investigating authorities. Per unverified various media sources, Krishna had purported to have deemed Hemraj (prime suspect) as not guilty of Aarushi's murder, claiming he "treat Aarushi like his own daughter".
In a therapeutic context, the controlled administration of intravenous hypnotic medications is called " narcosynthesis " or "narcoanalysis".
The maddening thing about Truth Serum, and the damage its wrought over the years, is that its conceptual originator, Dr Robert House, meant it to exonerate prisoners. During his time in obstetric wards around 1915, he noticed the drug administered to women during childbirth, scopolamine, had a strange.
The Innocent Origin of Truth Serum.
But Does It Work?
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It's a barbiturate, a drug that acts on the central nervous system, which it depresses to calm anxiety, induce drowsiness, eliminate pain, and sometimes entirely knock someone out. That is not why it's become world famous. Sodium pentothal made its name in detective, spy, and pulp novels, where it was famously used as a 'truth serum.' Novelists weren't making it up.
Scopolamine's effects are incredibly exaggerated and alarmist, you can get it over the counter for motion sickness in most places. It's no more truth serum than any other dissociative drug. I seem to remember reading somewhere that ordinary ethanol had one of the best chances of anything they tested of.
Either the person will build a tolerance or the reliability of their answer will become degraded. If you are not successful with your first attempt at chemical interrogation, your chances for success decrease with each attempt. And if you're a CIA spook using chemical interrogation, you'll probably kill them anyway so you don't particularly care about brain damage. It's kind of a moot point.
Logic indicates that all it does is lower inhibition and make people think the secrets they have aren't worth keeping rather than just making people 100% honest.
In movies and TV dramas, sodium thiopental is shown as a sinister truth serum used to get information out of captured people. Michael Mosley tried it out. One of the great challenges of living in our society is knowing when people are ling the truth or not. We lie all the time and are remarkably bad at.
Or if there is one out there, nobody's ling. The truth is we don't have a reliable truth drug yet.
"None whatsoever. None whatsoever".
"Would you like to l me what the last operation you carried out was?" he enquired, poliy.
Sodium thiopental is part of a group of drugs called barbiturates, drugs widely used in the 1950s and 60s to help people sleep better. They are no longer used for that purpose because they are extremely addictive and potentially lethal - Marilyn Monroe famously died from a barbiturate overdose.
Again Dr Leech asked me my name and my profession.