DEA’s Decision to Make Kratom Schedule I Drug Faces Some Resistance

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) decision earlier this month to make kratom a Schedule I drug is facing resistance from advocates who say they use the drug to cope with a variety of medical issues including post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism and fibromyalgia.

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.

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned kratom is an emerging public health threat. Kratom can lead to psychosis, seizures and death, the CDC said.

NPR reports that people have uploaded hundreds of videos describing why they use kratom pills. A petition on to keep kratom legal had more than 123,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.

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    September 16, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Kratom is a plant, not a drug. Thousands of people take this plant to help with chronic pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety. I have been taking it for almost a year. My life has improved since stopping multiple prescriptions, that turned me into a zombie. I am a better mother, I am a productive member of society. If this plant is takin away from us, many of us will not make it. I can not and will not go back to the miserable life I had before Kratom.

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    Edy Jones

    September 15, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Kratom is a leaf not a drug. Drugs are man made synthetics….
    I know from expierence what getting high feels like and Kratom in no way gets me high.It has no side affects, causes no seizures, causes no mental fog or disorientation. Causes no crash or withdrawls.
    Its an herbal suppliment that when consumed w/other herbal suppliments keeps my body healthy and out of pain, keeps my depression level to where I dont constantly think of suicide.. Ive been hit while walking by a car from behind among other things resulting in chronic pain. My first PTSD expierence happened when I was 5 and throughout my life ive expierenced numerous additional PTSD events…ive witnessed what Opiods can do to a person so I dont desire that to be added to the trauma my body/mind has endured in my life. Ive tried antidepressants which caused me to feel nothing no joy no sorrow no embarrassment nothing…so I dont wish to consume those either.
    I really wish youd get accurate information and report that, its a sad thing to see our media in the same pocket as the rest…I hope if the Schedule 1 does happen noone you care about gets affected, bet if you asked youd find out there just may be…This LEAF has done numerous healthy things for many years….Ezekiel 47:12 And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”

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    tyler james potts

    September 15, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    It is just a plant with mild mu opioid antagonism. It is safe no overdose has ever been record from the plant and it helps with depression, anxiety, and addiction. It helped me through some of the worst agoraphobic anxiety you have ever seen. I pray you look at the hundreds of thousands of hard working middle class Americans who take the plant for health reasons and to be better moms, dads, veterans, and students. Not everything is so black and white the real danger is legal opioid medicines. This is absurd.

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    September 15, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    I have been taking Kratom for two years to help with my fibromyalgia pain and horrible anxiety. It has been amazingly helpful I go from a 7-8 in pain to 2-3 most days. It is not a “drug” in the sense that it gets people high. There is no way to actually abuse Kratom, you take to much you feel sick end of story. The part about psychosis seizures and death is a scare tactic and has no real evidence to support it. Kratom alone doesn’t cause any problems like that. One other point while some people do take capsules most Kratom consumers seem to prefer tea. The Kratom community is not a bunch of kids looking for a legal high we are mothers, fathers, grandparents, teachers, police officers, veterans and many other responsible members of society.

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    September 15, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Kratom is not a “plant-based drug,” it is a plant – period. One with pride of place in traditional Asian herbal medicine and one which by itself has not caused one single death, ever. The effects are not “opoid-like,” speaking as someone who has been prescribed actual opioids, and does not cause psychosis, seizures or death. If someone takes too much, they will feel nauseous and vomit – for that reason, it is impossible to overdose on. I would love to know where you are getting this erroneous information; it is a shame that this kind of irresponsible journalism is set to ruin thousands of lives who depend on a teaspoon or so of the supplement every day to live without pain.

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