End the War on Kratom!!! The Natural Solution to The Opioid Epidemic.

15 February 2018
End the War on Kratom!!! The Natural Solution to The Opioid Epidemic.

The FDA & DEA have set their sights on kratom! In 2015 we had two 40 foot sea containers both carrying 12 tons of Kratom leaf each confiscated by the FDA as they entered the United States.  One container arrived in Los Angeles and the other in San Francisco and both were initially detained and eventually confiscated based on the grounds that the FDA said that it was being imported for human consumption...The War on Kratom had started and another plant becomes another “Victim”.

Then In 2016, the DEA announced it plans to place the two main active alkaloids found in kratom, Mitragynine & 7-Hydroxymitragynine or 7OH for short, into Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act in order to avoid an imminent hazard to public safety, so they said. Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act is the most restrictive category of the drug scheduling system and includes drugs like heroin. Substances in Schedule 1 are not known to have any medical use or potential and so this would also prohibit the future research into kratom and it’s special alkaloids Mitragynine & 7-Hydroxymitragynine.

Kratom has been used for hundreds of years in Thailand and Malaysia. It has even been found growing in a small area of Southern China. It was brought there about 200 years ago for medical use according to village records.

Currently legal in the United States, millions of Americans have used and are safely using kratom for an alternative to synthetic opioid based medicines which are prescribed for chronic pain, anxiety or drug withdrawal. Kratom is very popular too with people who suffer from depression and has become a healthier more sustainable option of managing symptoms like this than other prescribed drugs.

The FDA has recently announced its “concerns about kratom’s potential for abuse, addiction, and serious health consequences; including death.” They pointed to 44 deaths involving the use of kratom. Most of these deaths involved multiple drugs and other health problems. A group of nine scientists specializing in addiction and withdrawal therapy argued in a letter to the White House, “the existing science on kratom does not justify its placement into Schedule 1 of the CSA, nor for kratom to be added to any local or state Controlled Substances list that would effectively remove it from consumer access.” These scientists were united in their "collective judgment that placing kratom into Schedule I will potentially increase the number of deaths of

Americans caused by opioids." They pointed out that "kratom provides a much better safety profile for consumers compared to more dangerously addictive and potentially deadly classical opioid medications."  They also pointed out that filing a new drug application for kratom also didn’t make sense because "the average time and cost of new drug development is more than 10 years and 2.5 billion dollars."

Supporters of individual liberty and safe access to natural healing plants like kratom, Marijuana, Iboga and alike should make clear their opposition to any attempt made by the federal government to prohibit or overly restrict access to kratom. If the federal government doesn’t want the problem to regulate kratom it should be treated in the same way that they treat Marijuana, leave it up to the individual states to decide how they would best regulate it. New York for example recently made a regulation on how kratom could be displayed and clearly market for only 18+ People should also be aware of any risks or dangers using kratom.

Prohibition only punishes those with a legitimate need. A black market will arise bring with it all of its crime and other downsides. It would be much better if the governments of this world including the government of the United States would respect the freedom of people to make their own choices to what food or medicine they put into their own bodies and protected the interests of these people by allowing and regulating these plants for the health & safety of the people who both use these plants and for people and children who don’t use these plants just like they do for other commodities.

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