TV Preview: Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial
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Tonight at 10pm Channel 4 will broadcast the hotly discussed and much anticipated first episode of its Drugs Live series. The premiere features a clinical trial of MDMA, and is already responsible for a large amount of debate on the subject of recreational and therapeutic drug use. Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial will be presented by Jon Snow and Dr. Christian Jessen, and will aim to take a serious and hands-on look at the effect that MDMA has on the human brain. It will go about this by documenting the medical responses to the drug shown by a number of patients. Eight volunteers - among them Lily Allen’s father Keith Allen, a female vicar, an ex-soldier, and author Lionel Shriver - will each submit to two separate tests. One test will involve taking a placebo pill before having reactions tested, and brain responses MRI scanned by the staff of Hammersmith Hospital. The other test will be exactly the same, but instead of a placebo pill an 83mg dose of MDMA will be administered before the tests are performed. The programme will include elements of live testing under the direction of former chief drugs advisor Professor David Nutt, as well as some discussion on the possible medical applications of MDMA in cases where its use may be called for.
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