A pharmaceutical company begins drug trials of a pill that they believe can activate a previously understudied and widely unknown region of the brain. The trial begins and when the first participants take the pill, there's no obvious changes. The company decides they need to be subjected to intense physical and mental training in order to stimulate the body into processing the drug. Over the course of a couple weeks, one person discovers they can levitate objects with their mind. Then, a different participant starts to shoot fire from their hands. Other various powers emerge, ranging from typical powers, like flight, to truly unique ways to manipulate their bodies and the laws of nature.
There's a lot I plan to hand wave about the powers from the drug (the brain is linking to a spiritual aura so not much to say on the science side), but I want the drug and the culture around the drug to feel realistic. A few notes about how I intended the drug to work:
- Taking additional pills beyond the recommended dosage doesn't increase the intensity of the powers
- Training is required for powers to emerge, plus a few days for your body to adjust to the pill in the first place
- You stop taking the drug, you lose the powers
How does the company hide their drug and keep the participants from spreading the word? I imagine this could not be a publically distributed drug, but what purposes could the drug be prescribed for? (Super soldiers seems obvious)
How would the black market handle a drug like this? Would it even warrant interest from the public due to the training needed?