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Don’t Do Drug Tests For Money

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When you’re college and without a steady income, you’re always on the lookout for a little extra income. I know I participated in maybe a fifty psychology experiments in the course of four years at CMU and was paid a pretty easy $5 or $10 per session (of about 45 minutes each). Psychology experiments were grade school type stuff, it’s when you submitted yourself to medical and drug tests that you could “make” some big money.

My advice? Don’t ever ever every participate in a clinical drug test for money. Ever.

Why? Read this (it’s a horror story, please be warned).

They were the first people in the world to test the drug, being developed by the German pharmaceutical firm, TeGenero, and designed to treat chronic inflammatory conditions and leukaemia. They were paid £2,000 each.

Of a test group of eight, six are now battling for their lives. (£2,000 is about $3,512.33 USD)

Raste Khan, 23, a television technician, said: “The test ward turned into hell minutes after we were injected. The men went down like dominoes.

I can understand participating in a drug trial if it’s curing a serious condition you’re suffering from and no current remedy exists, it’s a wholly different thing to take an untested drug for money.

It could also deal a hammer blow to the drug-testing industry, which often relies on hard-up students volunteering as guinea pigs. (emphasis mine)

Don’t do it. It’s a sad story and I hope that those six young men make a full recovery.

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4 Responses to “Don’t Do Drug Tests For Money”

  1. Around The Horn

    Here are some articles from around the blogosphere I enjoyed this week. Don’t Do Drug Tests for Money. While it’s great to find unique ways to earn extra income, Jim suggests you stay away from drug tests, following the recent news report o…

  2. Bob Deadhead says:

    Ken Kesey did paid drug tests and started the whole cultural counter revolution in the 1960’s. sure wish i could have gotten some of those good drugs he was testing.

    Peace and smoke ’em if you got ’em.

  3. Ell says:

    I knew someone that was testing medical tablets, but luckily he was “called off” as the 3-4 people that tested before him, all suffered a weird reaction, they all went swollen up, and partially blind.

    Lucky him. So yeah, never do it.

  4. scott says:

    I was a research partisipant in a medical study to help pay my way through college. I was given medication for arthritus. There were a number of other people in this study whose full time job was partisipating in these studies. 1 guy had his big toe removed for $60,000. I would never partisipate in another study, however, I don’t regret partisipating in the study I did in college

  5. Cam says:

    Sometimes people dont have a choice, like me, I am about to lose my house unless I make some money, so sometimes people dont really have a choice

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