Opioid addicts turn to psychedelic plants to treat withdrawal, but doctors warn of risks (Dr. Evan Wood)

Maria Michaelides, 36, thought there was no way out.

The Kitchener, Ont., woman started taking Percocet for chronic pain five years ago. At first, she used the medication as prescribed.

A 2016 case study co-authored by Dr. Evan Wood, director of the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, noted that although ibogaine appears to chemically reduce cravings for opiates, scientists don't really understand how the drug works on the brain.

Malone Mullin reports

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