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Posted on October 16, 2020 at 3:30 AM

End of Life Washington has issued a new policy statement supporting efforts to legalize the use of psilocybin therapy for depression and anxiety experienced by terminally ill individuals. 

“Numerous well-controlled, peer-reviewed clinical studies have demonstrated that psilocybin, taken under controlled conditions regarding dosage, setting, and professional guidance, produces significant and enduring positive effects. In addition to reducing anxiety and depression, it also improves death acceptance, life meaning, and optimism, as measured by several valid and reliable tests completed by study subjects.”

“End of Life Washington advocates for terminally ill individuals to have the right of choice regarding the full range of treatment modalities for their emotional as well as physical care. Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy is such a modality and should be a legal option, as a part of palliative care, for terminally ill individuals.”

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