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Reporter's Notebook: WBUR's Deborah Becker On Psychedelics And The Opioid Epidemic06:12
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Right before Dextraze is given the ibogaine, he's hooked to a heart monitor. (John Gastaldo for WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
Right before Dextraze is given the ibogaine, he's hooked to a heart monitor. (John Gastaldo for WBUR)

People struggling with opioid addiction sometimes turn to psychedelic drugs as an alternative form of treatment, like the plant substance Ibogaine, which is illegal in the United States.

While advocates say it can eliminate drug cravings for those experiencing withdrawal, others say it's dangerous and not well understood. WBUR senior correspondent Deborah Becker followed one young man from New Hampshire to Mexico and back as he tried to treat his own addiction with Ibogaine.

Becker spoke with Radio Boston Wednesday to give insight on how she reported the series.

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Deborah Becker, senior correspondent and host at WBUR. She tweets @wburdebbecker.

This segment aired on September 12, 2018.

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