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Does 'Club Drug' Ecstasy Have Therapeutic Value?
Date:12/21/2010

al of the drug.

"First, I think it's very important that we investigate potential new therapies, and that we shouldn't be dissuaded from doing that just because something can be misused," he said. "Many things can be life-threatening or dangerous if used incorrectly. But if used in the right setting wisely, many things can also be helpful. So there's no question we should be looking into how this might benefit people who are suffering."

The results of his earlier study, which had focused on the moderate dose of MDMA, "were very promising," Mithoefer said. "Now, there's a long way to go between that and proving effectiveness. But it certainly suggests, just as these findings suggest, that the question merits further investigation."

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The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has more on MDMA.

SOURCES: Gillinder Bedi, Ph.D., assistant professor, clinical psychology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, and research scientist, division on substance abuse, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York City; Michael Mithoefer, M.D., psychiatrist, Charleston, S.C.; Dec. 15, 2010, Biological Psychiatry


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