Fact Check - Does The DEA Want To Ban Kratom?

05 February 2020
Fact Check - Does The DEA Want To Ban Kratom?

Kratom is currently legal at the federal level as well as in 44 U.S. states.

However, the Drug Enforcement Administration has taken notice of the over-the-counter, plant-based supplement, which can have mind-altering effects.


In 2016, the DEA attempted to ban the chemicals in kratom. It announced that it intended to classify the active components in the plant into the Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. That is the same schedule as heroin, LSD, ecstasy and other illegal drugs.


In its 2016 announcement, the agency stated:

"Kratom is abused for its ability to produce opioid-like effects and is often marketed as a legal alternative to controlled substances. Law enforcement nationwide has seized more kratom in the first half of 2016 than any previous year and easily accounts for millions of dosages intended for the recreational market, according to DEA findings. In addition, kratom has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and has a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision."


However, the agency backed off after backlash from kratom supporters, who say the herb is a beneficial treatment for pain, depression and anxiety. Some scientists also joined the call, worried that a ban would complicate further research on the plant.


So, as it stands now, kratom is legal in the United States, except for the following six states:

- Alabama

- Arkansas

- Indiana

- Rhode Island

- Vermont

- Wisconsin


Source: https://www.wgal.com/article/does-the-dea-want-to-ban-kratom-drug-legal/30762700

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