One small correction to this article by Rick Doblin: “While Dr. George Ricaurte is exceedingly cautious about the risks of MDMA, I don’t think he really believes that MDMA is too dangerous to give to humans under any circumstances. I’m not exactly sure what his position is on the MDMA/PTSD protocol.”
September 9, 2001.“Psychedelic Studies” — Thomas Becnel, Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Superb article featuring MAPS and its involvement in the Hookahville Festival near Columbus, Ohio.
September 4, 2001.“The People’s Prozac” — Carla Spartos, Village Voice. Good article which questions the MDMA neurotoxicity scare, mentions the MAPS MDMA/PTSD project and — of course — quotes Rick Doblin.
July 14, 2001.“Confessions of a Middle-Aged Ecstasy Eater” — The Guardian, London. An account of a father who was introduced to MDMA by his teenage son. While MAPS does not support the wholesale endorsement of recreational use found in this account, it’s a powerful account of intergenerational bonding.
May 3, 2001.Radio interview with Rick Doblin on The Big Show with Adam Paul @ eyada. (Scroll to the bottom under ‘May 3’; Doblin interview starts at 1:12:57 into the show)
April 28, 2001.“Group Push Ecstasy Safety” — from the AP Wire Service. Includes a mention of the talk Rick Doblin gave at Amherst College, tips from DanceSafe and some good quotes from Charlie Grob.
April 26, 2001.“Doctor X” — superlative Rolling Stone piece about Ecstasy, MAPS and Rick Doblin by Gary Greenberg.
April 15, 2002. These are two excellent articles from the journal Cerebrum: The Dana Forum on Brain Science, (Volume 3, Number 2: Spring 2001) both about MDMA with discussion of MAPS’ research agenda. The article by Braun is a wonderful history while the article by Kuhn is a critique.
February 10, 2001. “High Time We Cleaned Up on Drugs.” By Kelly Morris, The Lancet. Review of two books about psychdelics ensconced in a frank discussion of the need for more open-minded scientific exploration into the realm of non-pharmaceutical, “recreational” drugs. Examines and expounds upon Rick Doblin’s Ph.D. dissertation in the greater context of the psychedelic movement.
January 21, 2001. “Experiencing Ecstasy.” By Matthew Klam, New York Times. MAPS isn’t specifically mentioned, but two MAPS-supported projects are mentioned (Spain MDMA/PTSD study and the UCLA MDMA/cancer patient study).