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If you're looking to get some extra cash in your pockets, why not consider participating in research studies? They are interesting ways for you to contribute to good causes, and several of them also offer financial compensation for your services.

Here are 9 Toronto research studies you could participate in:

NOTEResearch study conditions are always subject to change. Please contact the appropriate facilitator for further details.


Recreational drug use study

Purpose: This research study investigates the physical and mental effects of recreational opioids and intranasal drugs .

Requirements:

  • Opioid/intranasal drug use (recreational)
  • Smokers and non-smokers both welcome
  • Individuals without a mental health or addiction problem
  • Ages 18-55
  • Male and female
  • BMI (kg/m): 18 - 33

Involves: 1 screening visit (3-4 hrs), 1 qualification visit (3 nights), 5 treatment visits (2 nights each), 1 follow up visit (1-2 hrs)

Compensation: $4225


Health study for men 1

Purpose: This research study is looking for male volunteers to participate in a health-related analysis.

Requirements:

  • Non-smoker
  • No recreational drug use
  • Individuals without a mental health or addiction problem
  • Ages 18-49
  • Male
  • BMI (kg/m): 18 - 30

Involves: 1 screening visit (3-4 hrs), 1 treatment visit (3 nights), 1 follow up visit (1-2 hrs)

Compensation: $1335


Alcohol drinking study

Purpose: This research study is looking for male and female volunteers to participate in an alcohol and drinking study.

Requirements:

  • Alcohol consumption (at least 14 alcoholic beveraes per week regularly)
  • Smokers and non-smokers both welcome
  • No recreational drug use
  • Individuals without a mental health or addiction problem
  • Ages 19-55
  • Male and female
  • BMI (kg/m): 22-32

Involves: 1 screening visit (3-4 hrs), 1 treatment visit (3 nights), 1 follow up visit (1-2 hrs)

Compensation: $3780


Health study for men 2

Purpose: This research study is looking for male volunteers to participate in a health-related analysis.

Requirements:

  • Non-smoker
  • No recreational drug use
  • Individuals without a mental health or addiction problem
  • Ages 18-50
  • Male
  • BMI (kg/m): 19 - 33

Involves: 1 screening visit (3-4 hrs), 1 treatment visit (3 nights), 1 follow up phone call

Compensation: $505


Health study for men and women

Purpose: This research study is looking for male and female volunteers to participate in a health-related analysis.

Requirements:

  • Non-smoker
  • No recreational drug use
  • Individuals without a mental health or addiction problem
  • Ages 18-45
  • Male and female
  • BMI (kg/m): 18 - 32

Involves: 1 screening visit (3-4 hrs), 1 treatment visit (8 nights), 1 follow up phone call

Compensation: $2080


Gambling study for women

Purpose: This research study is intended to evaluate a new mindfulness training program for women who gamble. The goal is to see the effectiveness of this program in helping reduce gambling tendencies in women.

Requirements:

  • Heavy gamblers with a desire to reduce/eliminate gambling
  • Individuals without a mental health or addiction problem
  • Ages 18-65
  • Female

Involves: 1 phone call, 1 screening interview, 1 pre-treatment assessment, 10 sessions (weekly fr 2-3 months)

Compensation: Contact for more information


Prazosin study

Purpose: This research study is intended to evaluate the effects of prazosin, a medication for hypertension, on the levels of chemicals in the brain

Requirements:

  • Healthy individuals
  • Individuals without a mental health or addiction problem
  • Ages 19-45
  • Any gender

Involves: 1 phone call, 11 visits (time commitment of about 20-22 hours)

Compensation: Contact for more information


Smoking study

Purpose: This research study is intended to evaluate the effects of smoking on your genes.

Requirements:

  • Smokers
  • Individuals without a mental health or addiction problem
  • Ages 19-74
  • Any gender

Involves: 1 phone call, 3 visits (one 3-hr and two 4-hr visits)

Compensation: Contact for more information


Alcohol and driving study

Purpose: This research study uses a high-fidelity driving simulator to assess the effects of alcohol on driving-related skills. It will involve analyzing the behaviour of young drivers behind the wheel after taking an intoxicating dose of alcohol.

Requirements:

  • Valid driver's license, regular drinkers, willingness to absatin from alcohol use during study
  • Individuals without a mental health or addiction problem
  • Ages 19-25
  • Any gender

Involves: 5 visits in total (1 eligibility assessment and 4 consecutive study days)

Compensation: Contact for more information


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