Connecticut to permit psychedelic-assisted therapy, using MDMA and psilocybin

After receiving bipartisan support from representatives of the Connecticut state legislature, Governor Ned Lamont signed a tax bill that includes a pilot program that will provide psychedelic-assisted therapy, using MDMA and psilocybin, to qualifying veterans, retired first-responders, and frontline workers such as police and firefighters. Originally drafted as the House Bill 5396, the program is designed to give access to psychedelic medicines to a population deprived of options for mental health treatments, ahead of FDA approval. 

The bil​​l is the first in the nation to provide access to these substances, which are illegal federally, by citing the FDA’s Expanded Access Program. According to the FDA website, the EAP offers a “potential pathway” to patients with a serious disease or condition “to gain access to an investigational medical product… for treatment outside of clinical trials when no comparable or satisfactory alternative therapy options are available.” 

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