King's College to pay students to take cocaine
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A top London university has asked its students to take cocaine as part of a clinical trial in exchange for payment. Students at King’s College London received an email from a professor asking for "healthy male volunteers, 25-40 years of age, to take part in a clinical study involving nasal administration of cocaine." Researchers at the university want a better understanding of how the class A drug effects the body. They will only accept volunteers who do not use the drug recreationally or students studying medicine or dentistry, and participants will not be able to cut or dye their hair for 120 days during the study. Those accepted for the trial will be paid for their time and travel expenses. The trial has been approved by London Westminster Research Ethics Committee and will be closely supervised by the clinical toxicology department at St Thomas’ Hospital. The email received by the students says that after the cocaine is administered scientists will take samples of blood, urine, hair, sweat and oral fluid to compare and investigate how cocaine and its metabolites are spread through the body. An estimated 700,000 people in Britain took cocaine last year, making it the second most popular drug after cannabis. Scientists are keen to understand more about the drug. Here is a copy of the email received by students: "HEALTHY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Who are we looking for? Healthy male volunteers, 25-40 years of age, to take part in a clinical study involving nasal administration of cocaine. Medical and dental students will not be enrolled to this study. What will happen?
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