Ibogaine Vs Methadone Fatalities
|Ibogaine/iboga (all known treatment episodes [TEs] 1989-2006): 11 fatalities in 3,414 TEs (1 ibogaine-related death/427 TEs)1|
|Methadone (Australia 2000-2003; national registration data): 282 methadone-related death in 102,615 TEs (1 methadone-related death /364 TEs)2Methadone (Utah 2004; Controlled substance and medical examiner data bases): 110 fatalities in which medical examiner made mention of methadone in attribution of cause of death, 52,350 methadone prescriptions (1 methadone-related death /476 methadone prescriptions)3|
1. Alper, K.R., Lotsof, H.S. and Kaplan, C.D., (2008). The ibogaine medical subculture. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 115, 9-24.
2. Gibson, A.E. and Degenhardt, L.J., (2007). Mortality related to pharmacotherapies for opioid dependence: a comparative analysis of coronial records. Drug and Alcohol Review 26, 405-410.
3. Sims SA, Snow LA, Porucznik CA (2007): Surveillance of methadone-related adverse drug events using multiple public health data sources. Journal of Biomedical Informatics [40:38]2-389.
These figures suggest that the number of deaths due to methadone, the most controlled substance, are a little higher than those associated with ibogaine, which is totally unregulated. If ibogaine was administered in the proper medical setting following conventional wisdom this figure should drop dramatically highlighting the safety benefits of ibogaine, an addiction interruptor, over methadone, a highly addictive addiction maintainer – more addictive than heroin and harder to detox from.