Requires the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services to encourage, aid, and facilitate clinical research into the use of ibogaine in drug treatment for heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine addiction.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A8356A
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to
requiring the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services to
encourage, aid, and facilitate clinical research into the use of
ibogaine in drug treatment
To encourage and fund clinical research examining Ibogaine as a possible
pharmacotherapy that would suppress the craving for cocaine, methamphe-
tamine, and heroin quickly and at a lower cost than current treatment
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The bill amends section 19.07 of the Mental Hygiene Law and requires the
Division of Substance Abuse Services to encourage, aid, and facilitate
clinical research into the use of Ibogaine in drug treatment.
Like many other states, New York has seen significant impact from the
current heroin and cocaine epidemic in America. Among the most promising
treatments in development is Ibogaine, a medication derived from an
African botanical which has been shown to eliminate narcotic withdrawal
and interrupt self-administration of drugs of abuse.
Over the past 20 years, thousands of American addicts have traveled to
Mexican clinics for treatment with Ibogaine. Returning addicts report
they experienced no withdrawal symptoms and that cravings to use drugs
were absent. Dr. Kenneth Alper of New York University reported the emer-
gence of Ibogaine as a part of a growing medical subculture. (Journal
of Ethno-Pharmacology, 115: pp 924).
New York researchers have taken the lead in conducting research evaluat-
ing Ibogaine. The Chairman of the Depaitment of Pharmacology of Albany
Medical College, Dr. Stanley Glick, reported that Ibogaine eliminated
acute signs of opiate withdrawal in the animal model (Neuropharmacology
31: 5 pp. 497-500). He further reported that it also interrupted self-
administration of morphine (European Journal of Pharmacology, 195:pp
341-345) as well as cocaine self-administration (Brain Research, 657: pp
Dr. Henry Sershen of the Nathan Klein Institute of Psychiatric Research
in Orangeburg, NY reported that Ibogaine reduces preference for cocaine
consumption (Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 46:pp 942-948).
Dr. Patricia Broderick of the City University of New York Medical
School, Department of Pharmacology, demonstrated that the effects of
Ibogaine are consistent with current views regarding rational strategies
for cocaine treatment. NIDA Research Monograph Series 119.
To be determined.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
August 5, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. WEPRIN -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse -- recommitted to the Committee on Alco-
holism and Drug Abuse in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 --
committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
recommitted to said committee
AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring the
office of alcoholism and substance abuse services to encourage, aid,
and facilitate clinical research into the use of ibogaine in drug
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Section 19.07 of the mental hygiene law is amended by
2 adding a new subdivision (l) to read as follows:
3 (l) The office of alcoholism and substance abuse services shall
4 encourage, aid, and facilitate clinical research into the use of
5 ibogaine in drug treatment for heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine
7 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.