Bits and Pieces

Friday, February 13, 2004

Clinical Test Suicide

A 19-year-old college student who had shown no outward signs of depression killed herself over the weekend at an Eli Lilly & Company laboratory in Indianapolis where she had been participating in a company drug trial for an experimental antidepressant.

I did an anti-depressant clinical trial when I was struggling through college. The purpose was to test its effects on sexual function, so I had to, er, perform a couple of times. Not wishing to sound insensitive, but suicide was almost a pleasant alternative compared to handing the specimen cup back to the nurse when I was done.
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