Saturday, August 27, 2005

Drugging Our Soldiers with Ecstasy

American soldiers traumatized by fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are to be offered the drug ecstasy to help free them of flashbacks and recurring nightmares? The US Food and Drug Administration has given the go-ahead for the soldiers to be included in an experiment to see if MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy, can treat post-traumatic stress disorder. The last thing our troops need is ecstasy.

Our soldiers, our sons, dughters, mothers and fathers, put their lives on the line and come back to drug pushers. While their phobias are no doubt real and of concern to them, there are better ways to handle this sort of thing. Drugging is not one of them.

Scientists behind the study in South Carolina think the feelings of emotional closeness reported by those taking the drug could help the soldiers talk about their experiences to therapists. Several victims of rape and sexual abuse with post-traumatic stress disorder, for whom existing treatments are ineffective, have been given MDMA since the research began last year.

Michael Mithoefer, the psychiatrist leading the trial, neglects to mention how ecstasy turns them into vegetables or how people have died from just one dose.

The psychiatric industry is working real hard to get ecstasy approved for medical use. It seems that the psychiatrist and his pseudo science have found yet another area of society where he can create drug addiction.

In the early 1970's ecstasy (MDMA) was actually used by therapists to assist in marriage counseling. That was until the government classified it as an illegal substance in the 80's.The South Carolina study marks a resurgence of interest in the use of controlled psychedelic and hallucinogenic drugs.

Several studies in the US are planned or are under way to investigate whether MDMA, LSD and psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, can treat conditions ranging from obsessive compulsive disorder to anxiety in terminal cancer patients.

While we are all going about our daily lives, with our own individual worries and battles, an entire war is being waged against our society, right before our noses, and it’s being played out in the psychiatric arena.

We need to reach the children of today before they fall prey to vested interests who do nothing but profit from their legal drug pushing. If we act now, those future soldiers will be better equipped to handle the real battlefield--their home territory.

Help educate the minds of our future leaders and goal makers. We need to work together to create a drug-free society.

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