Keeping Kratom Legal. KSDA covers a story on the ongoing Kratom controversy

09 November 2017
Keeping Kratom Legal. KSDA covers a story on the ongoing Kratom controversy

Kratom is an herb that legally available in the U.S. It's promoted as a way to get addicts of opioids, but others say it's deadly and should be banned.

Kratom is being promoted as a way to get addicts off heroin, pain pills and even give people relief from PTSD. But some are saying it’s a dangerous unregulated substance.

There is  currently an issue  between the federal government and those who swear by its benefits.

This medicinal herb is legally available in most of the US & Europe. Scientifically speaking Kratom is not an opioid, but it does acts in a similar way. In low doses, it’s a stimulant and in high doses it acts like a sedative.

 

Addiction psychiatrist Dr. George Kolodner says "You can get addicted to it and it's not highly addictive, but it is addictive," he said. "We know there is some danger attached to it."

In fact, the DEA  said that from 2014 to 2016 that there were 15 people who died from Kratom worldwide but the American Kratom Association also ordered its own studies and says there were no deaths linked solely to Kratom and that without other substances or medical complications that it is not possible to overdose on Kratom.

This is the ongoing controversy between the DEA and Kratom supporters.

In 2016 the DEA wanted to ban Kratom. It wanted to include it along with heroin, ecstasy and LSD in place in schedual 1. Kratom supporters responded by sending more than 20,000 comments to the government, urging that Kratom remain legal. There was also a petition with 140,000 signatures sent the White House.

A few weeks later, the DEA stopped its efforts to ban the substance. which was a relief for a lot of people.

 



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