Thursday, February 02, 2006

Trinity lecturer defends ecstasy trials

Ireland On-line

A senior lecturer from Trinity College this afternoon defended the university’s decision to pay students who regularly use ecstasy €30 to take part in trials on the drug.

Anti-drug campaigners have claimed this could encourage students to take the banned substance.

Doctor Howard Smith, head of the School of Psychology at Trinity, said there was no question of the college administering the drug to anyone, and that they didn't take the decision lightly.

“There is a slight dilemma, and I must admit we discussed it ourselves, concerning offering some kind of incentive to people to take part in a study,” he said.

"But you know if you're going to find out what the effects of these drugs are you have to get the people who take them to come forward and be tested."


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