Missouri is reviewing whether to let some military veterans use a psychedelic, referred to as magic mushrooms, to help treat certain illnesses.

A Missouri Senate committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill sponsored by Sen. Holly Thompson Rehder, R-Scott City. She wants to allow one of Missouri’s medical schools to study whether psilocybin helps veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and opioid addiction.

“It’s not the psychedelics of the 60s. This is in a clinical setting with a therapist that has been trained in this process. And for some veterans, it only takes one treatment. It has been amazing,” she told Missourinet.

Other states are debating similar measures.

“Don’t we owe this to our veterans to allow them to have the opportunity for whatever could make them feel better, whatever could help them to have a better life,” she asked.

Thompson Rehder has spent much of her legislative career pursuing ways to help people fight addiction, including the passage of a statewide prescription drug monitoring program. She admitted that she was not initially on board with sponsoring the bill. Once she looked over what other states are doing and the positive outcomes linked to the drug, she changed her mind.

“Wow, the outcomes of actually getting rid of PTSD. I mean, you think about so many of our veterans are having to take pharmaceuticals, antidepressants, opioids. With the side effects and the risk factors and the additional addictive qualities of those versus something natural done in a clinical setting with a therapist with you the entire time; it’s a mental health treatment,” she said.

The price tag of the proposed test program would be about $2 million.

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