The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is allowing soldiers, in an experiment, to take MDMA–a.k.a. ecstasy–to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. South Carolina scientists behind the trial think the feelings of emotional closeness reported by those taking the drug could help the soldiers talk about their experiences to therapists. Michael Mithoefer, a psychiatrist leading the experiment thinks, “people are able to connect more deeply on an emotional level with the fact that they are safe now.”
Am I the only one who thinks this is truly and shockingly disturbing? I mean, ecstasy? These folks are suffering from post-traumatic stress because they have been compelled–under false pretenses of “liberation” for others and college tuition for themselves–to destroy an entire country.
Now we’re gonna say, “It’s OK, boys, take some ecstasy. Yeah – the same stuff you got expelled from high school for taking and thereby ended up getting tracked into military service . . . go ahead, this little pill will help you deal with the fact that these guys are running the show:
Can you feel the love?