Louisiana Department of Health to study and determine if Kratom is safe. State emergency related calls have dropped to almost nothing suggesting that it is.

18 May 2018
Louisiana Department of Health to study and determine if Kratom is safe. State emergency related calls have dropped to almost nothing suggesting that it is.

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May 16thThe Louisiana Department of Health has been given the job to study kratom. They have been told to determine whether it is safe or dangerous like the FDA would like everybody to think and should be classified as a “controlled and dangerous substance.”

State Rep. Frank Hoffmann asked the department to study the plant and products that contain kratom. The house unanimously approved a resolution which asks the department to submit a report to the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice no later than two months before the beginning of the 2019 legislative session.

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Locally in Louisiana Kratom has largely gone unnoticed in the Louisiana department of health and the agency doesn’t have any reports or statistics on kratom. Louisiana's Poison Control Center normally receives a annual total of 88,000 calls. It received 162 kratom-related calls in a 6 year period between 2011 and 2017. With an average of 27 calls in the earlier years this dropped to 22 calls in 2015 and only 11 in 2016 and 4 in 2017. Surprisingly in 2018 there has only been 2 calls so far. The director Mark Ryan explained that 42% of those calls came from health care facilities and doctors. The calls appear to have tapered off but Ryan says the drop doesn't mean less people are using kratom, quite to the contrary, even more people are using it now but doctors are likely making fewer calls to the center because they are now much more familiar with it.

Recent statements from the FDA seem to be very different as to what is actually happening on the ground and are way over dramatized. The FDA is on a propaganda campaign to paint a dark unknown picture over kratom.

There were some previous legislative attempts to ban kratom in Louisiana which failed as did the DEA’s attempt to place it on schedule 1 in 2016. In Louisiana the current state law forbids kratom and kratom containing products to be sold to minors which is similar to recent legislation in New York state.

Kratom advocates like the American Kratom Association (AKA) and the Botanical Education Alliance have promoted campaigns to fight misinformation and fake news about kratom, how it works and its effects. The AKA had an inaugural Kratom Leadership Summit in April to discussed kratom legislation and legalization efforts and how to “expose bad actors in the kratom market who refuse to maintain acceptable standards,” according to Mac Haddow, AKA’s Director of Government Relations.

 

 



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