Drug Money

Monday, January 05, 2009

Fred Mogul, WNYC reporter, reports on people participating in drug trials for the cash.

In a Recession, Getting Paid to be a Guinea Pig Gains Appeal


Fred Mogul

Comments [6]

Samuel from NYC

Are there any marijuana testing trails going on in town. I'd be down for that.

Jan. 05 2009 10:57 AM

If this is a discussion about the medical industry "exploiting" peoples' need for money, the 800 pound gorilla of course is donating blood.

I'd wager that at least a percentage of college costs in this country are paid this way.

Of course, I've noticed an even more shocking way that cash-strapped people have been scraping together cash these days -- working at sucky jobs!

Jan. 05 2009 10:43 AM
Paul from Midtown

I took part in a trial outside London, UK. It was a glaxosmithkline sleep aid for people trying to sleep in noisy environments. I had to spend 2 nights, 3 days a week for a month in a sleep lab. I got the trial drug, a placebo and 2 doses of a drug on the market. They fed us and let us watch tv, play risk, do puzzles and read etc. The other people taking part were students and immigrants. We had to sleep listening to traffic noises but aside from that it was a great way to make money and I used to money to travel to Asia. I got paid $4200 USD and still had time to work an internship. I looked into doing one in the US but the trials here pay peanuts compared to the ones abroad.

Jan. 05 2009 10:41 AM

My girlfriend did egg donation twice for money

Jan. 05 2009 10:37 AM

Straining to understand the "now that people have lost their jobs" angle... I wouldn't want unemployed school children having this option...

...and, don't people have the right to do whatever they want to their bodies short of causing immediate death? If someone else is willing to test drugs I'm willing to let them.

PS -- some of the most famous drug testers did it for free. Timothy Leary comes to mind.

Jan. 05 2009 10:36 AM
Patricia Ceravole from White Plains, NY

With the recent state of the economy, which we are all beginning to feel, people are willing to do things they may not have considered before. I personally would consider testing out a new drug for the right price!

Mount Kisco
Full Time Student/Full Time Branch Assistant at an Investment Firm

Jan. 05 2009 10:35 AM

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