“Molly: Pure, but Not So Simple,” by Irina Aleksander in the New York Times Sunday Fashion and Style section, is a very disturbing and pertinent article. This new wave of Ecstasy is typical of the patterns of drug abuse in general. After the false and introductory promise of a safe drug, with no side effects, no addiction, no habituation, and a free and great high, the truth of its destructiveness becomes all too clear. With devastation in its wake, it eventually fades in popularity. Then a period of amnesia sets in and then it reappears with the same false promises. MDMA is a destructive and dangerous drug, like all the rest of the amphetamines. It is very disturbing to me that some smug, contrarian researcher psychiatrist, Dr. John Halpern, who is quoted in this article, reassures users and functionally promotes its use. This is so dangerous. Unfortunately, he is not alone, as my profession (I am a psychiatrist) promotes the widespread use of the other amphetamines for the phony ‘disease’ ADHD, and has created an amphetamine epidemic. This practice is now mainstream, and is currently accepted as good psychiatric care.
People are very susceptible to the false promises of drugs, whether they are street drugs or prescribed drugs. Psychiatry should be very clear about the destructiveness of drugs. It also needs to clean up its own house. It has moved to the extreme position that human struggle is a brain problem, and drugs can cure what ails us. Human struggle is a human problem and needs to be dealt with as such. In the history of man, psychoactive drugs have never been constructive and never will be.