Kentucky’s $42 million ibogaine research proposal could face hurdles

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In the battle against the opioid crisis, Kentucky made waves earlier this year by proposing to allocate $42 million to investigate ibogaine May 31, 2023, a potentially risky psychedelic that can curb opioid withdrawal and cravings. The state’s Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission has recently selected Attorney General-elect Russell Coleman’s appointment of Christopher Evans as the new executive director, marking a possible shift in the state’s strategy in evaluating ibogaine.

While not dismissing ibogaine outright, Coleman has signaled plans to focus more comprehensively on opioid use disorder prevention. Coleman also appointed a new executive director, Christopher Evans, a veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

A more conservative approach in tackling opioid use disorder would be in line with a view of some medical experts, who have que…

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