U.S. Military Developing Anti-Suicide Spray

The U.S. Army has awarded a grant to Dr. Michael Kubek of the Indiana University School of Medicine to develop a nasal spray designed to suppress thoughts of suicide. 116 U.S. soldiers are suspected of committing suicide in 2012, and the army currently has the highest recorded rate of suicide in its history.

The spray would deliver an extra dose of thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH), which causes a “euphoric, calming, antidepressant effect.” TRH has been used to treat severe depression and bi-polar disorders. The chemical has a quick-acting effect and may be able to stop people from killing themselves on the spot.

TRH isn’t effective when taken in pill form or by blood injection and is currently only able to be administered with an injection directly into the spine.

 

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