Narcotics Used to Treat Israeli Soldiers

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Narcotics Used to Treat Israeli Soldiers

Post by Admin on Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:32 am

An
Israeli medical team has started tests using the drug Ecstasy as a
treatment for conflict-linked post-traumatic disorders suffered mainly
by troops who fought against Lebanon's Hizbullah, the Maariv daily
reported on Friday.


Doctors
at the Beer-Yakov psychiatric hospital south of Tel Aviv are testing
the response of Israeli post-traumatic disorder patients to MDMA, the
active ingredient in the drug.


Rakefet
Rodriguez, Sergio Marchiveski and Marina Kaufchicz, who are leading the
experimental program, are convinced that psychotherapy is crucial in
curing patients and that Ecstasy can help them recover.


The
doctors believe the drug has both calming and stimulating effects that
can help patients not only overcome trauma but also dominate it, Maariv
said.


Almost
500 reserve troops suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder
following the 34-day war that pitted Israeli troops against Hizbullah
in July and August 2006, the paper said.


Ecstasy, which is illegal in most countries, is one of the world's most commonly used narcotics.

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