The American Kratom Association (AKA) Demands that the FDA Stop Its Disinformation Campaign Against Kratom

09 February 2018
The American Kratom Association (AKA) Demands that the FDA Stop Its Disinformation Campaign Against Kratom

Nine Leading Scientists Say Kratom is Safe!!!

The AKA has information from nine prominent scientists who all support the legal regulation of Kratom and have asked the FDA to stop using “bad science” to justify recommending the DEA to lock up Kratom and to place it into schedule 1. These scientists also warn that scheduling kratom will put more Americans at risk for opioid addiction relapse and possible overdose deaths.

Nine leading scientists specializing in substance addiction and safety wrote to the White House Opioid Crisis Team Leader Kellyanne Conway and Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson requesting they disregard the FDA's latest dis-information campaign against kratom, Mitragyna speciosa.  The scientists warned that "four surveys indicate that kratom is presently serving as a lifeline away from strong and often dangerous opioids for many of the several million Americans who use kratom. A ban on kratom that would be imposed by CSA Scheduling would put them at risk of relapse to opioid use with the potential consequence of overdose death. Similar unintended consequences are to be expected in some who would be forced to use opioids to manage acute or chronic pain."

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."

The nine leading scientists directly challenged the claims by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb that kratom is an opioid by pointing out the "available science is clear that kratom, although having effects on opioid receptors in the brain, is distinct from classical opioids (e.g. morphine, heroin, oxycodone, etc.) in its chemistry, biological effects, and origin (kratom is a tree in the coffee family, not the opium poppy family). Importantly, as commonly used in raw plant form, it does not appear to produce the highly addictive euphoria or lethal respiratory depressing effects of classical opioids."

A copy of the letter from the nine scientists and supporting documents can be found at:

The Chairman of the AKA David Herman, requested FDA Commissioner Gottlieb to pull back the curtain on the "black box voodoo computer model" that was unveiled by the FDA to justify their continued 'War on Kratom,' this time claiming their computer model conclusively shows kratom is an opioid, and therefore had to be banned.

The nine respected scientists 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."

They also pointed out that the FDA’s claims of over 40 deaths from kratom use, include deaths with a wide variety of apparent causes in people suffering from various diseases and/or taking other substances that also likely contributed to their deaths like for example the 9 fatalities in Sweden that resulted from an adulterated product that included the prescription opioid tramadol (leading Swedish authorities to conclude that those deaths were caused by O-desmethyltramadol, not kratom).

The assertion that a scheduling recommendation can be based on a claim of deaths 'associated with kratom' rather than deaths 'caused by kratom' is not, in our judgment, either scientifically valid nor the standard that was contemplated by the U.S. Congress for the scheduling of any substance under the CSA."

The group of scientists argued that American consumers should continue to have access to kratom.  "We affirm our belief that the existing science on kratom does not justify its placement into Schedule I 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."

SOURCE American Kratom Association

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