Step 3: Tying them down and forcing cocaine into their veins
These poor, traumatized monkeys were held captive until they were four years old—that’s when they were bound and forced into the next brutal phase of the experiment.
It wasn’t enough to abuse baby monkeys by damaging their minds. Researchers wanted to see if the harmful effects of this trauma lasted until adolescence. And if these monkeys became more likely to abuse cocaine.
You read that right.
Here’s a heartbreaking list of injustices these monkeys had to endure:
Surgically cut open with an “access port” implanted in their femoral or jugular veins
Forced into primate collars
Constrained in primate chairs
Locked in small, sound-proof boxes
Forced to endure intravenous injections of cocaine
If you have the stomach for it, you can read more about the grotesque experiment here.