Novel defense against tasers: Cocaine

Novel defense against tasers: Cocaine

From MedPage Today:

A jolt of cocaine can block the cardiac effects of a jolt from a Taser — at least in anesthetized pigs.

Police officers using Tasers to help control suspects — possibly stoned on cocaine — may find the conclusion reassuring, but Dr. Tchou cautioned that extending the research to human beings “may not be totally appropriate.”

There are allusions to this effect in the song Cocaine, sung by Eric Clapton:

If you wanna hang out you’ve got to take her out; cocaine.
If you wanna get down, down on the ground [away from the taser?]; cocaine.
She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie; cocaine.

If you got bad news, you wanna kick them blues; cocaine.
When your day is done and you wanna run [from the cops?]; cocaine.
She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie; cocaine.

August 14, 2006

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