On the Road with Rick Holmes: The return of psychedelics

Studies have found psilocybin, the ingredient that puts the magic in magic mushrooms, can relieve symptoms of depression resistant to antidepressants.

They are the plagues that define our times: Addiction, depression, PTSD, suicide.

Drug overdoses killed 72,000 Americans last year. The death toll from alcohol and cigarette addiction is even higher. Major depression affects more than 16 million Americans a year. Post-traumatic stress disorder is epidemic among war veterans and victims of violence. Suicide has been rising sharply since the turn of the century; with some 45,000 Americans taking their lives in 2016.

What are now being called “diseases of despair” are a big reason why life expectancy in the U.S. has dropped three years in a row. And mental illness doesn’t just kill; it cripples good people, destroys families and hurts the economy.  more

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