Jamie McAlpin holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University in 2000. Her specialties include Coronary Care Unit, Cardiovascular Intensive Care, Cardiothoracic/Open Heart Intensive Care, Code Blue Team, Interventional Cardiology Lab (adult/pediatric), and Electrophysiology Lab (adult/pediatric). In 2014, she began working with Iboga and researching safety and best practices. She also began volunteering with the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance (GITA) to co-author the Clinical Guidelines for Ibogaine-Assisted Detoxification, which led her to deepen her research into the medical considerations and risks related to Iboga/Ibogaine. In 2015 she completed training to become an American Heart Association BLS and ACLS certified instructor and continued working with GITA to develop the first ACLS for Ibogaine, and Heartsaver CPR & AED training courses offered at the 2016 Global Ibogaine Conference in Tepoztlan, Mexico. She also presented on the Ibogaine Therapy Ethics & Safety panel discussion at the conference. Jamie is co-founder of IbogaSafe, an organization dedicated to on-site training and education to reduce harm and increase safety in ibogaine treatment.
Jamie is focused on harm reduction regarding Ibogaine treatments. She has observed and heard of practices and beliefs about Ibogaine safety that can be damaging, and sometimes life threatening to an Ibogaine patient. She has assembled a short list of common myths to research and debunk using a medical literature review of 34 case studies: Is Ibogaine a safe treatment option for all dependencies? After the psychotropic effects wear off, is one safe from adverse events? What are the risks associated with low doses and microdosing? What are the safety issues surrounding the purchase of Ibogaine online and self-administration? These are some of the topics that need to be openly addressed in regards to Ibogaine safety. She believes that most adverse events and fatalities due to Ibogaine ingestion can be prevented with proper provider training, careful patient screening/preparation, and emergency protocols.