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Yang Advocates Use of Psychedelic Drugs for NYC Military Vets Suffering from PTSD

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Pledging his commitment to improve the quality of life for military veterans in New York City, Democratic mayoral candidate Andrew Yang  has proposed treating post-traumatic stress disorder that often plagues veterans through the legalization of party drugs.

According to a report in the New York Post, One of Yang’s objectives if elected as the next mayor of New York City is to push for the legalization of certain psychedelic drugs such as hallucinogenic mushrooms and MDMA in controlled medical settings.   He is also in favor of the use of medical marijuana.

The Post reported that some clinical studies and trials have indicated that these drugs have some degree of effectiveness in treating PTSD in military veterans.

Using such psychedelic drugs that were popular amongst the “Hippie” era of American youth in the late 1960s and early 1970s are still illegal. The Post reported that for these drugs to be used for therapeutic reasons, both state and federal approval would be necessary. The paper reported that if elected mayor, Yang would use his position to push for it.

In a statement Yang said, “As Americans, we owe those who enlisted to fight for our country a great debt, and as New Yorkers, we have the power not only to pay that debt, but put them front and center to help drive our city’s recovery.

He added that, “For decades, our city has failed the veterans who live here and suffer from staggeringly disproportionate rates of homelessness, mental health issues, and suicide. As mayor, I am going to recognize that investing in our veterans is an investment in the future of our city.”

Yang’s plans also call for increasing fun allocation for the city agency that is responsible for assisting former service members. Currently, the city funds the Department of Veteran Affairs with just under $7 million and Yang has said he wants to increase that to $10 million. Moreover, Yang, 46, who made his fortune as a former executive of a test prep company also has set a goal of offering at least 5% of city jobs and contracts to former military members. For veterans who are dealing with financial challenges, Yang would like to add $2 million for legal services.

The Post reported that Yang’s plans also include erecting a memorial for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in Battery Park. He would also like to initiate a program in which New York City veterans can easily access city programs

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