Students Asked to Snort Cocaine for "Important Scientific Study" at Prestigious UK University
A prestigious university in London has offered students to chance to take part in a clinical trial by snorting cocaine.
King's College London sent an email to hundreds of students last week asking them to volunteer to take part in studying the effects of the Schedule II drug on the body and mind.
In the email, a professor at the university asks for "healthy male volunteers, 25-40 years of age, to take part in a clinical study involving nasal administration of cocaine," according to the Daily Mail.
The university calls the latest research an "important scientific study". Ironically, researchers will not accept participants who use the drug recreationally, nor those studying medicine or dentistry.
Volunteers will also not be allowed to cut or dye their hair for 120 days during the study period to allow researchers to examine a wide range of effects the addictive substance has on the body, according to The Sun.
Researchers said that volunteers will be given "reasonable financial compensation" to make up for any time and expenses incurred.
"After cocaine administration, repeated biological samples (blood, urine, hair, sweat, oral fluid) will be taken to compare and investigate how cocaine and its metabolites are spread through the human body," the email said, according to the Daily Mail.
A spokesman from the university said: "This is an important scientific study to investigate how cocaine and its metabolites are spread through the human body."
"All the relevant ethical approvals were received for this study. The study will be conducted under the highest level of medical supervision in a dedicated clinical research suite. Further information about the NHS ethical approval process, which was followed, is available on our website," the spokesman added.