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Legislation to Legalize Psilocybin Mushrooms as Treatment for Mental Health Patients Advances with Broad Bipartisan Support

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

                                                                            

Legislation to Legalize Psilocybin Mushrooms as Treatment for Mental Health Patients Advances with Broad Bipartisan Support



PHOENIX, ARIZONA— A measure to legalize the controlled use of psilocybin mushrooms as a treatment option for certain mental health conditions passed out of the Senate today with strong bipartisan support.

 

SB 1570, sponsored by Senator T.J. Shope, would require the Department of Health Services (DHS) to begin the licensing of psychedelic-assisted therapy centers and prescribes licensure requirements and restrictions.

 

"The controlled use of 'magic mushrooms' has proven to be a safe and effective treatment for people suffering from issues such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD," said Senator Shope. "I've heard numerous testimonies regarding the success of this alternative therapy, especially within our Veteran and first responder communities, where this drug ultimately saved lives and allowed these individuals to properly function in society after enduring horrific PTSD. It's our duty to support those who put their lives on the line to serve our communities and our country. If this treatment will help our heroes who are struggling with their mental health because of their service, then it should absolutely be offered as an option. I believe we are on the verge of something remarkable for Veterans, first responders, and other’s struggling with PTSD and other mental health issues."

 

SB 1570 will now head to the House for consideration.

 

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For more information, contact:

Kim Quintero

Director of Communications | Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus

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