MDMA for our troops
Every once in a while the FDA takes a courageous stance:
American soldiers traumatised 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. [Guardian]
The war on drugs has sidetracked this line of research for too long. The therapeutic applications of MDMA deserve serious investigation by randomized controlled trials.