Australia – Mind Medicine Say That New ACT Drug Rules Decriminalize MDMA & Other Compounds For Recreational Use But Not For Therapy

Australia – Mind Medicine Say That New ACT Drug Rules Decriminalize MDMA & Other Compounds For Recreational Use But Not For Therapy
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Here’s what they say Decriminalisation in the ACT but still illegal to do TGA-approved psychedelic therapy Mind Medicine Australia chapter leader, Tony Shields, has said the ACT’s decriminalisation of illicit drugs showed the ACT had a government that was prepared to look at the facts but noted the contradiction that now exists between recreational usage of MDMA (ecstasy) and psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and their clinical usage in TGA-approved therapy to treat treatment-resistant PTSD and depression patients. Mr Shields said, “Soon it won’t be a criminal offence to take ecstasy while nightclubbing but it will still be a criminal offence for a trained psychiatrist to give a TGA-approved treatment to a veteran who has served this country and suffers from treatment-resistant PTSD as a result.” Furthermore, “Clinical usage of MDMA and psilocybin in psychotherapy is significantly safer than recreational usage. The substances in clinical settings are unadulterated, the dosing levels are controlled, patients can’t take the substances home and patients are screened to ensure that they have no contraindications. It seems silly not to allow it we are going to decriminalise and the treatment has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.” Currently the TGA can, under its Special Access Scheme, provide an approval to a medical practitioner to treat a treatment resistant patient with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD and psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for depression. However a “Catch 22” exists between Federal and ACT legislation because a medical practitioner with approval from the TGA who prescribed one of these therapies for a patient in the ACT would, despite decriminalisation, be criminally liable under current ACT legislation. Mr Shields said the Health Minister, Rachel Stephen-Smith, and Mental Health Minister, Emma Davidson would consider changing ACT legislation to solve the Catch 22. Mr Shields welcomed this and hoped that a solution would come sooner rather later. Last…

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