A Detox Drug Promises Miracles—If It Doesn’t Kill You First
The heavy hallucinogen ibogaine is illegal in the US, but some addicts are flocking to Mexican clinics for it, hoping to be cured. A physician investigates.
This is why, when a heroin user who had just overdosed in his mother’s bathroom was brought to the ER where I work, he immediately shot up again in the hospital bathroom. Paramedics had given him naloxone, the antidote for opioid overdose. It saved his life, but the medication creates instant withdrawal. His brush with death had fazed him less than his roiling dope sickness. [ by Clayton Dalton ]
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