Overview of Incapacitating Agents

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Over view of Incapacitating Agents This paper will identify and discuss what an incapacitating agent is. It will identify a few moments in history where attempts to use Incapacitating methods succeeded and others moments when they failed. We will talk about the different “types” of incapacitating agents. At the conclusion we will talk about the modern use of incapacitating agents. Incapacitating agents are methods used to debilitate an enemy force without causing permanent harm. These should not be lethal and should be easily recoverable or treatable. There are two basic types of incapacitating agents; non chemical and chemical. Within each type there are different methods or routes of exposure/effect used to incapacitate ones adversary. Non chemical are Auditory, microwave devices, olfactory. Chemical are nerve agents, vesicants, irritants, nausea producing agents, indole-based Psychedelics, Phenethylamine-Based Psychedelics, Cannabinoids, Stimulants, Sedative Hypnotics, Opioids, Dissociative Anesthetics, Tranquilizers, Antipsychotic Drugs, Neuropeptides and Neuromodulators, and Anticholinergic Deliriants. You can see the majority of studies is focused in the chemical type as this shows the most promise for success. Incapacitating agents, in some form, have been experimented with since as early as 600BC when Greek King Solon ordered his troops to throw Hellebore roots into streams that provided water for his enemies. King Solon’s goal was to incapacitate the
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