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15th Jan 2016

‘Cannabis’ Drug Trial Leaves One Brain-Dead And Several Seriously Ill In France

The serious accident happened in Rennes on Thursday.

Ellen Tannam

A drugs test in France has gone seriously awry and left several people hospitalised.

The Independent reports that one individual has been left ‘brain-dead’ and five more are in hospital following a clinical trial that went wrong in Rennes, France.

The French Health department said that the ‘serious accident’ happened on Thursday, forcing the tests to be stopped and recalling all people who had volunteered for the trial.

A statement has not yet been released on the nature of the drug in question, but French media have been speculating that it was a cannabis-based painkiller which was orally administered.

The trial aimed to evaluate the properties and safety of the drug in healthy people.

Many people take part in clinical trials to earn some supplemental income, and a lot of volunteers tend to be college students.

The Health Minister, Marisol Touraine will give a press conference on the incident later today, The Guardian reports.

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