California doctors to treat dying patients with ecstasy drug

May 27, 2015 11:40 AM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Federal Drug Administration is allowing a team of San Francisco Bay Area psychotherapists to prescribe ecstasy to treat dying patients.

KNTV in San Jose reports Wednesday that ecstasy, or MDMA, is a recreational drug that brings on feelings of "loving and caring," says Dr. Phil Wolfson, who is leading the 15-month experiment.

The federal government currently considers the recreational drug to have no therapeutic value, the stations reports.

Wolfson will conduct a clinical trial of 18 patients using the drug in conjunction with a number of intense therapeutic sessions.

Wolfson says he knows firsthand that ecstasy is effective in easing extreme anxiety. He says he used it when his son way dying from leukemia.


Information from: KNTV-TV.

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