In 2021, HB 1802 passed in the Texas House and was signed into law. The legislation supported a clinical trial studying the effects of psychedelic medication in treating veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The bipartisan bill was championed by an unlikely supporter: former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Now, another piece of bipartisan legislation to fund a similar study is being pushed at the federal level with an unlikely coalition of supporters: Houston Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw and New York Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
In the audio above, we discuss the potential of using psychedelics to treat PTSD, depression, and other disorders, as well as the dilemmas of applying such treatment, with two guests: Dr. Amy McGuire, professor of biomedical ethics and director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. Lynnette Averill, a clinical research psychologist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and an associate professor of psychiatry, behavioral sciences, and neuropsychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine.