[Ibogaine] Barcelona IbogainesessionsetforInternationalHarmReduction Conference
dana at phantom.com
Tue Feb 19 16:09:08 EST 2008
Those guys are the extremists. Most harm reductionists are skeptical
of Wodak because he was against peer overdose prevention with narcan
on the ground there was "no evidence" to support it despite the fact
it's standard medication for EMT's. He said drug users could never be
trained to use it correctly. Allan Clear and Luciano Colonna support
access to ibogaine as another harm reduction tool.
Peter Cohen is a legalization theoretician, so he doesn't count.
Wodak IS important because he holds sway all over South Asia, and
when he says ibogaine is full of shit, the Iranians listen.
But the question arises, if ibogaine is just another illicit drug,
what makes it SO much more dangerous than all the other illegal drugs
people are taking? The problem is that it threatens his political
agenda of extending the reach of maintenance drugs, because it isn't
On Feb 18, 2008, at 1:16 PM, Nick Sandberg wrote:
> Hi Eric,
> It’s interesting what you write. With Alex and Peter Cohen in the
> HR camp there does seem to be this developing dynamic between the
> idea of treating addiction and the idea of simply accepting it. I
> think the Harm Reduction camp have great ideas but it’s a pity to
> me that they seem not so down with ibogaine. I wonder if there’s
> any way for the 2 sides to meet more.
> From: ibogaine-bounces at mindvox.com [mailto:ibogaine-
> bounces at mindvox.com] On Behalf Of Eric Madison
> Sent: 16 February 2008 05:37
> To: The Ibogaine List
> Subject: Re: [Ibogaine] Barcelona
> IbogainesessionsetforInternationalHarmReduction Conference
> Thanks for your comments Nick, my intent is not to disrespect Dana
> or work his fanboi's into a uproar. My points were exactly what I
> Alex Wodak doesn't seem to be a big fan of ibogaine, but somehow I
> think the last thing in the world that's going to turn him into a
> convert is "discussing" science with you Mr. Beal.
> What you may want to keep in mind is the presentation is at a harm
> reduction conference, it's not a ibogaine conference. Much like Dr.
> Peter Cohen, Alex Wodak is a hero to many in the harm reduction
> community. He is an MD who put his credentials and career on the
> line to personally start both the first needle exchange and now
> heroin maintenance programs in Australia, at a time when he was
> breaking the law to do so. He personally had the laws changed
> through acts of civil disobedience. Sounds like activism doesn't it?
> As much as I think ibogaine needs greater exposure as a treatment
> option, there are many, if not most, heroin users who would vastly
> prefer being left alone and not harassed by their respective
> governments and allowed to use heroin in peace. Much like the
> potheads feel the same about their drug of choice.
> Regardless what your personal feelings are on the matter, most drug
> users would vastly prefer being left alone and not harassed. If
> they want to detox at some stage in their life, ibogaine should
> most certainly be an option, but it is far from the only solution.
> Like many in the cannabis community, you have an amazingly narrow
> view regarding what drugs are acceptable and which are not. You'd
> think someone who has spent his entire life high on drugs would be
> more open minded.
> INPUD is the International Network of People who Use Drugs. It's
> not the international network of people who are trying to stop
> using drugs or switch to drugs that potheads personally feel are
> more acceptable.
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