Autistic adults could take ecstasy drug to help in social situations

ECSTASY could help adults with autism become more sociable. Scientists say a therapeutic dose of the pure drug, chemically known as MDMA, could reduce awkwardness for sufferers that are known to respond poorly to conventional treatments.
The drug, which came on the clubbing scene in the 1980s and 1990s, is known to induce feelings of warmth, a sense of well-being, decreased anxiety and empathy towards others; all things that could help autistic adults who suffer in social situations.
Researchers in the US are now set to carry out the first study into the effects of ecstasy for adults with autism after the study was given the green light by the authorities and will be conducted jointly by the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.

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