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Kratom users protest imminent ban

DEA's new temporary classification prompts White House demonstration

by Britt E. Erickson
September 14, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 37

Credit: Britt Erickson/C&EN

Hundreds gathered in front of the White House on Sept. 13 to protest the Drug Enforcement Administration’s temporary classification of two active compounds in the herb kratom as schedule 1 narcotics. This move means kratom, which comes from the leaves of a Southeast Asian tree, joins heroin, lysergic acid diethylamie (LSD), and marijuana as drugs DEA considers the most dangerous, with high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. Kratom users claim that the herb has saved their lives by helping them get off addictive opiate pain killers. Kratom is used to self-treat chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. DEA’s action takes effect on Sept. 30.



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TexasVet (September 14, 2016 7:04 PM)
I'm a 46 yr old army vet and been using Kratom for 7 months. There is only 2 reasons for this ban. The DEA is either really stupid as their supposed facts could quickly be debunked in a few minutes by a preschooler. Their original letter I've seen and they cite a Thai study for the 15 deaths that all had other substances in their body. And the cdc calls are a joke as more calls were made for toothpaste and mouthwash and laundry pods than Kratom.
Or they are being hit men and protecting big pharma who in 16 years has spent 4 Billion dollars in lobbying money alone, more than ANY other lobby including oil or defense. After 1000s of years of being safely used in the orient suddenly it's an "Emergency"!! Oh yes please protect us from another evil plant. It's so obvious it makes me wanna puke. This greed is destroying the US.
Pedro A. Guillen (September 15, 2016 1:25 PM)
I too am a veteran, injured in Afghanistan (protecting the CIA and DEA allies in the heroin business, I've learned, apparently). I rely on kratom to make my day to day life livable. I will NOT take the poisonous Oxycontin/morphine/hydrocodone that they will now offer me.

The DEA is obviously a criminal organization and they will shortly have a huge number of new deaths on their hands, once this ban goes into effect.

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