Support for use of MDMA in medical trials and treatment U.S. 2017

Percentage of U.S. adults who supported allowing researchers to conduct medical trials with MDMA as of 2017

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North America, United States

Survey time period

June 2 to 5, 2017

Number of respondents

1,125 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

U.S. adults

Supplementary notes

Original question: In 2016, The FDA approved MDMA (also known as ecstasy) for Phase 3 clinical trials as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — a final step before possible approval as a prescription drug. One study showed that with 3 doses of MDMA administered under a psychiatrist's guidance, the patients reported a 56% decrease of severity of symptoms on average. At the end of the study, 66% no longer met the criteria for having PTSD — improvements lasted more than a year after therapy. Do you support or oppose similar medical trials with MDMA being conducted in the future?

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