(PRWEB) May 25, 2005
The connection between psychiatry and drugs is not new. In fact, many psychiatric diagnoses call for drugs as part of their treatment protocol. Drug use in the psychiatric community has been around for decades, including experimental uses of everything from amphetamines and antidepressants for kids to the early exploration of LSD.
Today the trend continues and the latest abhorrence comes from a psychiatrist in South Carolina who is using the illegal drug ecstasy (MDMA) in a study of people whoÂve had difficult situations in life and are having trouble dealing with them. A label has been created for these symptoms, which if looked at closely enough could actually include the majority of the worldÂs population at one point or another in their lives.
The study is being backed by a pro-drug advocacy group in Florida whose leader confessed to the St. Petersburg Times that he has used ecstasy many times, including recently.
Ecstasy is a dangerous drug with psychedelic and amphetamine components and was first synthesized by a pharmaceutical company in the early 1900Âs. Though the drug was largely promoted by the psychiatric community for its Âtherapeutic qualities,Â it was finally made illegal in 1985 due to increasing abuse and harmful effects.
Use of the illegal drug in the United States by teenagers and young adults surged around the turn of the century but it has declined over the last few years.
Narconon Arrowhead, a highly successful drug education and rehabilitation program based on the drug-free methodology of L. Ron Hubbard, aligns with organizations that promote abstinence through drug prevention. Narconon Arrowhead stresses the fact that ecstasy use is dangerous, and that all drugs have side effects.
Ecstasy is a Schedule I controlled substance categorized by the Drug Enforcement Administration, meaning that it has been declared to have no medical use. Ecstasy is extremely damaging and withdrawal symptoms include severe depression. Other side effects include hyperthermia, involuntary teeth clenching, altered perceptions and a false sense of empathy.
Every person in America is affected by drug use, whether by paying for public health costs or due to themselves or a family member becoming addicted. The fact that some people insist on promoting dangerous drugs, regardless of any supposed value, sends the wrong message to our nationÂs youth.
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