Target: Doctors Ingrid Pacey and Andrew Feldmar
Goal: Thank doctors for researching new methods of post-traumatic stress disorder treatment
Two Canadian therapists have recently been given the green light by their government to begin using MDMA, the active chemical in the drug ecstasy, as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. They will soon be receiving packages of the drug from a laboratory in Switzerland, making them members of a rather exclusive group worldwide. Unsurprisingly, they have an extensive list of prospective patients, all clamoring to be part of the research.
This newest study, conducted by Dr. Ingrid Pacey, a psychiatrist, and psychologist Andrew Feldmar, comes on the heels of a University of South Carolina study concluding that the use of MDMA and extensive therapy alleviated PTSD 83% of the time. Researchers have hypothesized that the euphoric, lighthearted, and empathetic feelings associated with MDMA use in a safe environment and combined with therapy can bring on permanent relief from PTSD.
The number of people, especially military veterans, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder is staggering. Conventional and traditional methods of treatment have proven largely ineffective. A new therapeutic approach should be welcome then, even one that makes use of an illegal drug.
The Canadian Minister of Health’s decision to open MDMA up to medical research shows a commitment to the treatment of a crippling affliction and harrowing mental health condition. This also marks a long overdue change in attitude towards various drugs—no longer are they simply life-ruining poisons, but subjects that merit serious clinical research. Furthermore, allegations of drugs medicinal natures are being acknowledged and investigated, not being lightly dismissed as weak and desperate arguments.
This new research marks the start of a new approach to how post-traumatic stress disorder is treated. The old ways were not working but now we are finally looking into new, and potentially successful, treatments: treatments that could put an end to the seemingly perpetual nightmares that thousands of men and women live in. Sign the petition and thank Drs. Pacey and Feldmar for their cutting edge research and commitment to improving their patients’ quality of life.
Dear Drs. Pacey and Feldmar,
As the two of you certainly know, post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that afflicts millions of people worldwide. People from all walks of life, from crime victims to combat veterans, find themselves trapped in the seemingly unending nightmare that is PTSD. There has been a scarcity of effective treatments, with conventional drugs and traditional methods of therapy proving futile. However, this era could be coming to an end thanks to your new research.
Your decision to use MDMA, a drug that is by and large illegal, is on the cutting edge of medical research and could potentially revolutionize the way that we approach PTSD treatment. A preliminary study has already yielded a success rate of over 80%. Further clinical trials can only lead to more improvements.
Countless people across the globe and thousands of military veterans in both Canada and the United States stand to benefit from your research. Their lives are hellish, constantly on edge, depressed, anxious, and confused, all because of influences beyond their control. The current therapeutic models have not been able to help them, but chances are good that yours can.
Thank you for doing this. The lives of countless people will soon be drastically improved because of your excellent work. I wish you only the best in this.
[Your Name Here]
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