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05 Jul 2005

truth drug
does a "truth " drug exist?- when someone continues to lie could a drug be found to reveal truths without side effects?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

No such thing. The drug which used to be mistakenly called "truth serum" was simply an intravenous injection of a barbiturate sedative drug, like an anaesthetic, given slowly enough to make a person very very drowsy, theoretically making it harder for them to resist suggestion and dropping their degree of resistance. One of the major problems and yes, it is very dangerous in amateur hands and has significant side-effects ) is that, exactly as male23 mentions, its effects are like alcohol --- you may talk more, but it'll be a highly unreliable mix of truth, fantasy, lies, and nonsense, so that it does not at all help to establish the truth. That is true also of the nastier and torturous ways of trying to extract information from a reluctant source, too. You get more information, usually, but it is so unreliable, you cannot know what it actually is, that you have got !
Even the Lie Detector gadget, which simply measures your breathing, pulse rate, and skin resistance ( a measure of swaeting ) while you answer questions, is not reliable enough to be admitted a evidence by any sensible judge in any sensible legal system.
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