Ending an Epidemic

Ending an Epidemic

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Jessica Silverman started this petition to Uttam Dhillon

Post traumatic stress disorder is a growing epidemic, ravaging the soul of America. Our society is fraught with trauma-with the increasing incidence of sexual assault, mass shootings, child separation, transgenerational trauma from long histories of racism, anti semitism, violence, terrorism, etc-trauma seems to be a symptom of modern society. More and more veterans are returning from war with PTSD. It is estimated that 31% of Vietnam veterans suffer from PTSD. An additional 24.4 million Americans suffer from PTSD.

Conventional treatment for PTSD is underwhelming at best, leaving victims suffering chronically. PTSD is often a life sentence. However a growing body of clinical research shows promising results. Research with MDMA and PTSD has shown about 68% of people no longer meet clinical diagnosis for PTSD after just two sessions of MDMA assisted psychotherapy. These results are unprecedented among current treatments which require daily antidepressant regiments and weekly therapy sometimes lasting for years with little improvement. Research has shown that subjects who receive MDMA and psychotherapy improve significantly more than subjects who only receive psychotherapy.

Victims of PTSD are imprisoned in a state of hypervigilance, perpetually reacting to old trauma, they see the outside world as a terrifying place. The things and people in it are seen as threatening, so they detach and disconnect. As they isolate and dissociate to protect themselves, they immunize themselves to treatment. They make themselves unreachable, to family, to friends, and, most relevantly, to therapists.

MDMA can cure people with PTSD that do not respond to therapy. 30% of victims who suffer from PTSD are resistant to treatment and develop chronic PTSD. War trauma is typically associated with treatment resistant PTSD. Yet, 83% of veterans with treatment resistant PTSD recovered after just two sessions of MDMA.

MDMA works by releasing Oxytocin, “the love chemical” in the brain. This facilitates feelings of trust and interconnectedness that can catalyze psychotherapy. Creating a connection between the patient and  therapist allows a conduit for the therapy to permeate through trauma long ossified in the mind. From the safety of the mind under MDMA, and under the guidance of the therapist, the victim can reexamine and reprocess traumatic memories. This can revolutionize the way we treat PTSD. Once an incurable chronic condition, now a treatable temporary one. A life sentence no longer.

Victims of PTSD live in constant fear, trauma rewires the brain, it creates a reality where nothing and no one is safe, where the threat of trauma is seemingly ever present. We can’t make the world a safer place but we can make people feel safer in it. It's time we protect the people who have stood at the battle lines protecting us. Our veterans are entitled to the best possible healthcare, they have a human right to the best possible healthcare. They have sacrificed their safety to defend our human rights, and it's time we defend theirs.

MDMA is the best treatment available for PTSD. The results are nothing short of groundbreaking. But caught within the shackles of the War on Drugs, its potential is frozen in time until we change our drug regulations. We don’t have the right to ignore science, by doing so we are obstructing justice. Believing science isn’t voluntary, because disbelieving it perpetuates unnecessary suffering. You have a responsibility to protect our basic human rights and denying the best possible treatment is an assault on those rights.

 

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