Army pledges $3 million to create nasal spray to stop suicides

The Army is fighting a war within its own ranks as suicide rates have reached the highest in Army history. The Pentagon reports suicide within Army ranks averages one per day this year, which surpasses combat fatalities. A nasal spray (similar but more medicinal than this one) could change this.

The US Army has offered $3 million to a scientist at the Indiana University School of Medicine to create a nasal spray introducing the neurochemical thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) to the body.This chemical is thought to help people overcome suicidal thoughts, as well as depression and bipolar disorder.

TRH creates euphoric and calming effect, and it works rapidly. This isn't new, but until now it's only been able to be implanted through injections to the spinal cord since pills and blood injections don't allow it to enter the brain. But Dr. Michael Kubek thinks introducing it to the nasal cavity can help it cross the blood-brain barrier.

Though this is being developed for the Army, it will have great effects on the civilian sector, if successful. At the moment, suicide is the forth leading cause of death for adults between 18 and 65 years old. More than 100 Americans take their own lives daily.

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