I take exception to that statement. It comes directly from a NIDA report written shortly after NIDA ceased funding research into a possible pharmacological alternative, ibogaine. As a hallucinogen, despite the fact that nobody in their right (or wrong) mind uses it recreationally, ibogaine was placed right onto the Schedule I list , and federal funding for research efforts into its benefits was subsequently scrapped. NIDA knows full well that there is a pharmocological treatment for methamphetamine addiction, and it has proven successful.
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Bear in mind, dispensing ibogaine in a controlled clinical environment has not proven any more dangerous than many other therapies or treatments. Then again, we're talking about drug addiction, not life-threatening cancers. However, drug addiction is itself a life-threatening condition.
Ibogaine research has finally started again in the U.S. after several years lacking funds. Ibogaine has (somewhat controversially) proven successful in breaking addictive behavior patterns, drug-related or otherwise.
The relapse/recidivism rates related to existing drug intervention methods is staggering, indicating that another approach should be tried. Yet we keep funding rehab clinics and their status quo approaches, instead of research. This, despite the fact that a 30% more effective approach would lead to substantial savings in tax dollars associated with prosecution and incarceration of addicts:
We can't afford not to study ibogaine therapy. Only through proper research funding, can the arrythmia risks be understood. Only then, can they be determined insurmountable. Currently, these problems are used to justify the discontinuation of research funding. This is wrong. Do you think Merck has given up on Vioxx, or are they spending billions trying to figure out how to make a safe Cox-2 inhibitor?
The long-term payoff potential, both in terms of increased public safety and decreased tax-dollar costs, associated with ibogaine therapy should make it a federal research funding priority. Write your congresspersons today!
Eric J. Bowman, principal
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