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Judge: NY must release records on monkey research

ALBANY — A judge says New York must release records on substance abuse experiments on monkeys and other animals.

The state’s Office of Mental Health tried to block the Freedom of Information Act request from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, saying research scientists may be targeted by animal-rights terrorists.

In a ruling PCRM received this week, state Supreme Court Justice Richard Platkin rejects the state’s argument.

PCRM wants records on taxpayer-funded research at a state psychiatric institute in New York City. OMH provided some records but not all. Many of the experiments conditioned rhesus monkeys to have drug and alcohol addictions, then tested if medications broke the addictions.

Spokeswoman Jill Daniels says OMH has not decided if it will appeal.