The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced it is adding kratom to its list of Schedule 1 substances at the end of September 2016, despite suggestions that it is a safe and effective cure for opioid addiction.
For centuries, kratom, a medicinal herb, has been used successfully in Southeast Asia to cure opioid addiction. By adding the mild and relatively effective treatment to its list of Schedule 1 substances, the United States is putting the herb in the same category as heroin and cocaine.
Why is the DEA embarking on such a move? It says it is in a bid “to avoid an imminent hazard to public safety.” According to the agency, kratom has “no currently accepted medical use.” Yet pharmacologists have labeled kratom an alkaloid and not an opioid.
The drug will excite some opioid receptors in our brains, but a glass of wine or some intense activity will do the same. Experts have noted that the impact of kratom on the brain is considerably weaker and much more selective.
Kraton has proven to be effective in kicking addiction
Thousands of Americans are currently using kratom to cure themselves of illegal and prescription drug addictions without any major long-term effects. Powdered kratom leaves are readily available in drugstores around the country and online, making it an affordable and accessible cure.
Experts say kratom could be an effective cure for opioid addiction and relieving pain. Dr. Walter Prozialeck, chair of the Department of Pharmacology at Midwestern University in Illinois, conducted a study on the scant medical literature of kratom. He said, “There are so many testimonials out there [from kratom users] on the internet that I personally found quite compelling. This merits further study.”
Researchers have yet to conduct clinical trials to study its exact effects on humans, but people in Thailand and Malaysia have been known to use kratom for decades to get people off opioids.
The DEA’s claim and public reaction
The DEA said in their original statement that kratom is addictive. Experts note that this claim is baseless yet hard to dispute. Americans are now urging the president to reverse the ban. A petition has so far surpassed 100,000 signatures. By law, the president is supposed to give a personal response to this plea.
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