What sort of drugs would neutralize a flash bang's affects

On the movie Inside Man, they play a scenario, of moving in on the bank robbers, who would have tactical advantage on the swat team. At one point, a person is in the vault, and a flash bang is thrown in there, after it goes off, he immediately takes the corner and fires out at the swat team.

He had a hood on and a bandanna around his face. I was thinking ok his adrenaline and if he cornered his face into his elbows, really fast. He might of muffled the “surface” blast.

So then I was thinking - What if they were on certain drugs that will negate the disorientation from a flash bang.

What sort of techincal factors come into being disoriented from a flash bang, and whats the reality, of someone being high on cocaine or pcp or heroine and neutralizing those affects? Where they can react to a situation as close to real time conditions, through the disorientation?

WIld assed guess, hiding his eyes kept him from seeing the huge blue dot filling his vision, and you don’t need to hear anything to shoot. If you are mentally prepared for the bang part, you might recouperate faster or not be shocked at all.

Im envisioning a wave of force, moving in slow motion, taking up the density of the air, and gathering concentrated power, that surges like a wave, crashing into the receptors of your body/mind; shaking you from every molecular point in your body recoiling…

So if you are waist deep in the ocean, and you bare yourself up against incoming tides, but you still catch the backwards push, obligated by force. What would be the drugs you take, and their affects, that when your waist deep in water, its like the water splits, to pass by you.

But I don’t know about it at all.

Since you are dealing with physical effects, i.e. a very bright flash and a very loud bang, it seems unlikely drugs would have much effect.

High doses of LSD.

But several things, including adrenaline, can alter a person’s perception of something like that.

…would probably intensify the effect.

I agree with Canadjun - according to this:


It saturates your photoreceptors for about five seconds - and I doubt there are many drugs that would help. Some drugs effect vision - such as Viagra - but I can’t tell if this would make things better or worse.

It also effects balance by the sound/shock wave disturbing the inner ear - I can’t think of any drug that would possibly help with that (doesn’t mean there isn’t one)

A drug like propranolol can help with the flight or fight response, but isn’t going to do much for the sensory effects.

Your biggest problem is that if someone is close enough to get you with a flash bang - you are usually pretty screwed. The flash bang is sort of a helper to hopefully reduce the chances of fatalities - it isn’t the only tool in their arsenal of course.

It’s kinda like when they play loud music sometimes to try and wear the suspect down - it isn’t like if you were deaf - you’d escape from the situation unharmed.

I was referring to what i quoted, about parting water and all that. :wink:

Technically, a lot of the depressant or anesthetic drugs would ‘neutralize the effects’ – you would be so far under that you would not react. I’ve seen drunks sleep through nearly as much as that, and if an anesthetist can put me out so that I don’t react when the surgeon cuts into me, I surely wouldn’t notice a flash bang either.

But not a very successful strategy for resisting off a SWAT team.

That would be Tincture of Time. In most situations, where a flash-bang is employed, it would probably take too long. :smiley:

Basically, if you took the type of drugs that would neutralize the effect of a flash-bang, they wouldn’t need a SWAT team to capture you. They could probably send in Brownie Troop #3356 to do the job.

I know I shouldn’t be a grammar nazi, but things like this just grate on me (almost as much as people using ect. instead of etc.). The verb “effect” means to cause something to happen. You want “affect” where you have used “effect”.

I can’t see where drugs would help you much. The overloaded photo-receptors and hearing is just going to take time.

If you’re planning to be in a situation where a flash-bang is an expected response, I could see preparing with a hood that is a combination of an auto darkening arc welding visor and shooter’s sound deadening headphones.

You don’t need drugs. The guy in front of me tossed once (poorly) and it bounced right back at us. It went off a couple of feet away from me but I knew what was coming. I tuned my head and closed my eyes tightly before the flash/bang. No problem at all continuing on.