Going Bovine meets Trainspotting in this gritty portrait of at-risk teens gaming the prescription drug trial system.
Meet Audie: Professional lab rat. Guinea pig. Serial human test subject. For Audie and her friends, “volunteering” for pharmaceutical drug trials means a quick fix and easy cash.
Sure, there’s the occasional nasty side effect, but Audie’s got things under control. If Monday’s pill causes a rash, Tuesday’s ointment usually clears it right up. Wednesday’s injection soothes the sting from Tuesday’s “cure,” and Thursday’s procedure makes her forget all about Wednesday’s headache. By the time Friday rolls around, there’s plenty of cash in hand and perhaps even a slot in a government-funded psilocybin study, because WEEKEND!
But the best fix of all is her boyfriend, Dylan, whose terminal illness just makes them even more compatible. He’s turning eighteen soon, so Audie is saving up to make it an unforgettable birthday. That means more drug trials than ever before, but Dylan is worth it.
No pain, no gain, Audie tells herself as the pills wear away at her body and mind. No pain, no gain, she repeats as her grip on reality starts to slide. . . .
Raw and irreverent, Placebo Junkies will captivate readers until the very end, when author J. C. Carleson leans in for a final twist of the knife.
Not since SLC Punk has their been such a gritty yet tongue in cheek view of drug culture. This time though, the drugs aren't illegal. Well, not exactly. And the mental drain reminds you of I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN.
Audie is a volunteer for drug studies. You know that blood pressure your mom takes? Yep. It was tested on a human guinea pig.
Being guinea pig is how Audie and her friends make their living. But, stakes get higher when Audie makes a pact with a friend to do as many studies as possible. Her friend wants to get out of the life for good. Audie wants to give her terminally ill boyfriend one last hurrah. Too bad it's going to take possibly killing herself to accomplish it.
J.C Carleson has shown us an ugly side of life that mostly exists in the scientific underworld. It is unflinching and intense.