Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op
Seventeen healthcare professionals who have been waiting more than 100 days to learn whether or not they will be able to access psilocybin mushrooms for training purposes have received the support of three members of Parliament, including Elizabeth May.
The doctors, nurses, clinical counsellors, social workers and psychiatrists have applied for Section 56 exemptions to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) following exemptions being granted to six Canadians who are facing terminal diagnoses. The patients are pursuing psilocybin therapy to treat end-of-life distress.
The applications were submitted to Patty Hajdu, the federal health minister, with the help of Therapsil, a B.C.-based nonprofit. Therapsil says it continues to hear from interested Canadians who believe they may benefit from this form of therapy and there is a growing need to train healthcare workers with first-hand experience.