Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Dr. Stacy, MSFW

From Slate: Ecstacy, the new prescription drug?

What a Long Strange Trip It's BeenEcstasy, the new prescription drug?
By Amanda Schaffer
Posted Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, at 12:52 PM ET

This year, the drug MDMA, otherwise known as ecstasy, could take a step toward medical respectability. Researchers in South Carolina have begun experimenting with MDMA for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. At Harvard, a long-awaited pilot study will begin on whether the drug can help relieve anxiety and pain in terminal cancer patients in connection with psychotherapy. And studies will also start in Switzerland and Israel, where a former chief psychiatrist of the Israel Defense Forces will oversee work with people whose PTSD stems from terrorism or war.


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