DEA Reverses Decision to Temporarily Make Kratom a Schedule I Drug

Join Together News Service from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said this week it will reverse its decision to temporarily make kratom a Schedule I drug, according to NPR. The reversal comes in the wake of protests by advocates, scientists and kratom vendors. Kratom is a plant-based drug with opioid-like effects.

Schedule I drugs are considered to have a high potential for abuse and to have no currently accepted medical treatment use.

The DEA announced in the Federal Register that it will open an official comment period, which will last until December 1, for people to share their experiences using kratom as a medical treatment.

The DEA could still decide to temporarily ban kratom after the public comment period, or to permanently place it in a scheduled category, the article notes.

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    February 18, 2018 at 7:07 AM

    I am so sick of this from the FDA! Kratom is a safe natural ALTERNATIVE to deadly prescription opioids..the FDA is owned by Big Parma and doesn’t like the fact that millions of people are safely using Kratom to get off of major opioid painful painkillers, (which is causing Big Parma to lose out on a lot of money and they don’t like it! Kratom is in the SAME FAMILY as COFFEE! It’s only as dangerous as maybe drinking to much coffee! I myself, along with millions of others, have successfully used Kratom without any adverse effects for years to stay AWAY from previous life shattering addictions to ACTUAL DRUGS. Kratom as changed and saved my life! I have been clean and sober now for 2 1/2 years! Making Kratom is the ANSWER to the opioid crisis…NOT THE PROBLEM! I don’t know what i would do without’s finally helped me get my life back..and better than ever!

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    Timothy Tipton

    October 13, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Kratom is a natural plant substance which has no business in Schedule I !!! Many many people have successfully withdrawn from dangerous prescription narcotics using this natural non-addictive therapy. Get Educated!! METH, HEROIN & Prescription Drugs ARE The DEMONS for the DEA to SLAY

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