Essay on Drug Abuse And Its Effects On Other Members Of Society

1130 Words Oct 7th, 2014 5 Pages
Ibogaine is a very controversial drug used for several purposes. Ibogaine should be legalized because it is used for religious purposes, helps overcome addictions, therapeutic use, adults’ rights to recreational use, the history of drug addiction cures, and its minimal effect on other members of society. Ibogaine, roots of tabernanthe iboga, a shrub originating in the West African country Gabon, where indigenous people use it as a stimulant while hunting and in large doses during religious ceremonies (Fernandez 167). These Bwiti tribe practice their religion, and they believe the drug helps them speak to spirits of the dead. Members of the tribe would also use ibogaine on hunting trips because it makes them more alert and less tired. Albeit it is not likely that members of the Bwiti tribe reside in the United States, the government should not hinder people’s religious practices in a country that was built on the promise of religious freedom. Drug abuse kills about 200,000 people worldwide each year, according to a new United Nations (UN) report (Drug Abuse Kills 200,000 People Each Year: UN Report - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids), and heroin is the cause of death for a large portion of those. Despite the drug causing hallucinations for about a day or two, it is still a very beneficial factor in fighting addiction. The drug causes the taker to relive repressed childhood memories that show him or her the cause of his or her addiction. Once again, ibogaine’s…

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