America continues to try and address the massive overdose epidemic occurring nationally by waging war against her own citizens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attempts to provide helpful guidelines through labeling and education, and it’s a thrilling time to be a drug treatment provider with maintenance therapies, replacement therapies, and conventional abstinence therapies all being available. Seth Fitzgerald from The Drug Classroom and drug treatment provider Glen Marshall explore the real cause of prescription drug overdose and how prohibition and adulteration continue to be fatal. I’m looking at you Fentanyl. Finally, we conclude with this gem from the Nixon administration and his favorite drug marijuana.
“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities, We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” — Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman
Ibogaine, the primary psychoactive ingredient in the Tabernanthe iboga plant, has increasingly been used as a detoxification treatment from opiates since the 1980s. Today, ibogaine is administered under compassionate access or experimental legal frameworks in hospitals, medical centers, retreats, and private therapeutic settings around the world.
Jonathan Dickinson is the Executive Director of the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance (GITA). He has worked with ibogaine in therapeutic and sacramental contexts in Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama, and has published and presented on his work globally. Jonathan functions as a liaison between academics, government officials, researchers, not-for-profits, and care providers in regard to ibogaine research and practice. During his tenure, Jonathan has organized two international conferences on ibogaine and in 2014, was initiated into Bwiti, a spiritual discipline and psychoactive practice involving iboga by the forest-dwelling peoples of Gabon.
Between March 14-16th, 2016 in Tepoztlan, Mexico, Jonathan and GITA will convene the 2016 Global Ibogaine Conference which includes experts from around the world to discuss ibogaine therapy, the climate of global drug policy, and the sustainability and traditional uses of T. iboga.
I sit down with mental health advocate Adam Lowery who inspired me to start The Addictive Podcast through his courage to confront the treatment establishment publicly, and ongoing efforts to make change in the lives of those who need it most. Adam has been featured on The Joe Rogan Experience and is a thought leader on science based approaches to addiction care and health. Listen in to our discussion on the drug war, treatment, and alternative models of therapy in this free flowing wild ride of a podcast.
Marijuana is not addictive and has no physical withdrawal.
Heroin is physically harmful and the withdrawal is deadly.
“Molly” is safe pure MDMA.
“Bath Salts” cause cannibalism and can make you a zombie.
Alcohol and Nicotine are safe because they are legal.
Crack babies and Heroin babies are a national crisis.
Meth makes you psychotic and rots your teeth out.
All of these popular drug myths have been pitched and pressed by the media, drug policymakers, users, or reformers alike. The fog of the drug war is thick and all sides push their agendas with a variety of propaganda. Drug education advocate Seth Fitzgerald along with addiction therapist and host Glen Marshall dispel each one and provide the facts behind the headlines so you can make better choices for yourself and your community. The Addictive Podcast was created to save lives by providing scientifically based information in this pursuit. A special focus and rant is paid to the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) who I believe failed their membership, misrepresented addiction, ignored best practices, and passively stood by while national policy dictated patient care that led to the deaths of 40,000+ Americans in 2014.
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