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Held 1 Ecstasy: Should it be legal? Richard Held Central Michigan University Dan Aalbers
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Ecstasy should be made legal In the United States. I believe that the drug has been wrongly labeled and has been given a bad reputation by the media. Reports show that the drug, when abused, causes brain damage and is harmful to the body; whereas, when used correctly under the supervision of a trained psychologist, Ecstasy is a valuable tool in bringing out past feelings or memories (Jenkins 87). There are other drugs that have the same effects as Ecstasy does on the body and these drugs are not outlawed. The problem with Ecstasy is that the individual taking the drug cannot ensure the purity of the drug. Since Ecstasy is a synthetic drug, there are chemicals that can be added to give the drug an extra “boost”, but these chemicals make the drug dangerous to the human body. So in healthy individuals, Ecstasy is not at all harmful, but a useful tool in diagnosing psychological disorders, and even to give you a safe rush without worrying about becoming addicted. Ecstasy or MDMA (methylene dioxymethamphetamine) was created in 1912, shortly after World War I by the chemical company Merck (Jenkins 87). Its uses were strictly medical in nature; thought either to be used by the German’s troops for an appetite suppressant or as a prescribed dieting aid (Reynolds 81). When rediscovered in the early 1960’s Ecstasy was again thought to be a valuable tool in psychotherapies. A Dow Chemical
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employee, working on the sly to develop psychedelics discovered the therapeutic possibilities of the drug. MDMA, nicknamed Adam for its influence on the person taking it, making them revert back to a trusting, innocent “inner child” (82), was used to shorten therapy times. After taking MDMA, a patient needing months of therapy could be treated in merely hours. In essence,
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PSY 250 taught by Professor Aalbers during the Fall '07 term at Central Mich..

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