In my story shapeshifting drugs are controlled and only widely used for therapeutic medical purposes only, a recent study showed a young patient with severe depression and poor appetite is suddenly craving for Taco after turning into a sea sponge and another similar report of a grandma suffering from ADHD signs up for bonsai lessons soon after turning into a shoebill.
Lately there has been an increase in the demands for time released shapeshifting drug which can cost up to hundred times of those immediate or fast acting ones, ironically clinical trials have repeatedly shown that the shapeshifting drug is just as effective as those in the control group whom are hooked up to a virtual reality headset.
So it is not the drug but then why many honest doctors still prescribe costly time released shapeshifting drug over those safe and equally potent fast acting ones?
Say a pair of twin Alice and Bob, each took a time released shapeshifting drug and a fast acting shapeshifting drug respectively, Alice would have to walk her twin, now a labrador retriever at a nearby park for no more than 12 hours while waiting for her side effect to kick in. If the side effects of both drugs are exactly the same then why the costly time released shapeshifting drug is more popular than fast acting ones?