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She Was Their Target

She Was Their Target

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Release date: November 17, 2023

Publisher: pd workman

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The genesis of She Was Their Target came from a couple of different sources. The first was the sudden popularity of a weight-loss drug (actually a diabetes medication) being touted on TikTok and other social media. It was being used for weight loss by a number of celebrities, with great apparent success, and was becoming very popular among one of the main audiences of TikTok, teenagers who were desperate too change their image. There were hashtags, social media challenges, blackmarket drugs, counterfeit drugs, and more. Those giving and taking social media challenges seemed to have no idea about the risks of taking this powerful medication, or if they knew the risks, weight loss was a more important issue than health and life.

In creating my own fictional drug for use in this story, I looked into drugs, especially weight-loss drugs, that had previously been approved—sometimes with great speed—and then banned because of deaths or dangers that had not been revealed (or were buried) in the original drug trials and approval process. There was no shortage of examples. Reading through some of the infamous cases, I assumed that the processes that had allowed these drugs to get through rigorous testing and approval processes in the past had since been tightened up and the same thing could not happen again. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case. It would seem that companies that put profit over patient health and safety will always be able to find their way around the regulation processes. As with many other laws, the honest and public-minded submit to regulation, while the criminal element will find their way around the laws, no matter how much they are tightened or enforced.

As you enjoy reading She Was Their Target, keep in mind that not only is it possible… it has already happened.

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