ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 17, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Cambridge, Massachusetts) Controversy over psychedelic drug MDMA known as Ecstasy examined; debate among psychiatrists and medical community over its safety noted. [Dr. Rich INGRASCI - claims patients Bob and Marie Littlehale have improved their personalities with drug.] [The LITTLEHALES - talk to each other under influence of drug.] [INGRASCI - claims drug-induced changes are permanent.] [Dr. Jack DOWNING - supports drug's use.] [Patient Kathy TAMM - claims drug helped her overcome rape experience.] [USER - describes sensation after taking MDMA.] [University of California at Los Angeles medical school spokesperson Ronald SIEGEL - opposes MDMA; explains.] Rptd. side effects listed on screen. [INGRASCI - denies MDMA induces psychosis.] Lack of research on drug cited. [Dr. Lester GRIMSPOON - fears MDMA's usage without research. [Drug Enforcement Admin. spokesperson Ron BUZZEO - wants drug banned altogether; describes its current abuse and lack of testing.] [LITTLEHALES -continue drug-induced euphoria.]
REPORTER: Stone Phillips