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Ex-MP tries out Ecstasy for TV
10:30am Tuesday 18th September 2012 in News
OXFORD: Former MP Evan Harris has taken Ecstasy for a Channel 4 show which will examine the effects of the class A drug.
Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial sees participants given MDMA or a placebo before being placed inside a brain scanner on two separate occasions.
The former Liberal Democrat MP, who lost his Oxford West and Abingdon seat in the 2010 General Election, told the Radio Times that he wanted to help find a dose that might treat depression without giving the patient a high.
He admitted: “In order to be allowed to take part in the trial, I needed to have taken ecstasy at least once before without any ill effects.
“Without going over my ‘Ecstasy history’, I qualified.”
He added: “It was not obvious to me when I was taking the MDMA and when I was taking the placebo.”
The programme goes out at 10pm on Wednesday, next week.