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Placebo Junkies by J.C. Carleson

Placebo JunkiesHave you ever wondered how pharmaceutical companies figure out how their medicines might affect the people taking them? After extensive laboratory research and testing, data is sent to the FDA for approval to continue the process and eventually they begin testing on humans. This phase of development is known as the “Clinical Trials” which are used to help determine whether treatments are safe and effective for a particular disorder. The subjects of these trials sometimes go by some interesting monikers such as “test subjects”, “lab rats”, and “guinea pigs”.

Placebo Junkies centers on an eighteen-year-old girl named Audie and she is one of those “guinea pigs”.

Actually, Audie is somewhat of a professional guinea pig as she uses this odd line of work as her sole source of income. We’re not given much information on Audie’s home life or family and sadly, it can be surmised that she has neither. She does have a circle of friends though and they’re all doing the same ‘pills for bills’ routine. Together they make up an eclectic bunch – a bit of a drug-seeking sub-culture buried deep within the medical and pharmaceutical communities.

This book is somewhat dark and at a certain point, the reader may begin to wonder what is real and what is not. Not everyone is who they appear to be and even Audie’s psychological stability may be in question. Is she losing her mind because of all the drug testing or is she involved with the drug testing because she’s losing her mind? You’ll need to pick up this tale and see if you can figure it all out.

– Mark

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