DO YOU WANT THE DEA TO ENACT A KRATOM BAN
Introduction: Bowing to public pressure, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said it had delayed a decision on whether to classify the botanical substance kratom ban, which is available online in the United States as a dietary supplement, as a dangerous drug with no medicinal use.
Some persons however, might wonder, What Is Kratom? Why Has the DEA Wanted to Ban It? Well, let not your heart be trouble as this article is going to present an extensive gist on Kratom ban and its stand in the United States.
What Is Kratom and Why is there a Kratom Ban?
Kratom is a tropical tree in Southeast Asia. Kratomic leaves have been used for hundreds of years to relieve pain. They can be eaten raw, but more often they’re crushed and brewed as tea or turned into capsules, tablets, and liquids.
In low doses, kratom acts as a stimulant. In large amounts, it acts as a sedative, and the DEA says it can lead to psychotic symptoms and psychological addiction. According to the CDC, about 42% of cases of kratom use reported between 2010 and 2015 involved non-life-threatening symptoms that required some treatment. About 7% of exposures were classified as major and life-threatening. The DEA says it knows of 15 kratom-related deaths between 2014 and 2016.
Kratom has been on the DEA’s list of drugs and chemicals of concern for several years. But the DEA notes that its use appears to be going up. Law enforcement agencies across the country seized more kratom in the first half of 2016 than ever before. U.S. poison control centers received 263 calls about kratom in 2015, a tenfold increase from 2010, the CDC says. This is most likely why the DEA want to have a Kratom Ban.
How Kratom Works
In mice, kratom targets a part of the brain that responds to drugs like morphine, codeine, and fentanyl, according to a study published earlier this month by Susruta Majumdar, PhD, a researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Majumdar’s study found that unlike morphine, a synthetic compound derived from kratom (mitragynine pseudoindoxyl) does not lead to harmful side effects like slowed breathing — called respiratory depression — constipation, and physical dependence. Since most deaths from opioid overdose are because of respiratory depression, he believes kratom merits further study to see if some of its compounds can be harnessed for medical benefits that are potentially less addictive.
Kratom remains poorly understood, says Edward W. Boyer, MD, PhD, a professor of emergency
medicine at the University Of Massachusetts Medical School. He knows of a case where a man successfully treated his opioid withdrawal with kratom.
Walter C. Prozialeck, PhD, chairman of the department of pharmacology at Midwestern University in Illinois, analyzed about 100 studies on kratom. He says one major question remains: How addictive is kratom?
Anecdotal reports suggest it is less addictive than opioids, but he says many companies in the U.S. advertise it as a legal high. Several Southeast Asian countries have outlawed it because of addiction concerns.
Suggested Healthful Benefits of Kratom and why they shouldn’t have a kratom ban.
Sept. 19, 2016 — Advocates say the herb kratom offers relief from pain, depression, and anxiety. Scientists say it may hold the key to treating chronic pain and may even be a tool to combat addiction to opioid medications.
Some research scientists were among those pushing to reverse the decision, saying a ban will harm their ability to study whether kratom can help treat pain and addiction. In the meantime, users rushed to buy the supplement before it became illegal.
Why has the DEA wanted Kratom Ban?
The agency says kratom has a high potential for abuse and no current medical use. But its announcement sparked outrage. Opponents rallied in front of the White House against the ban, and more than 142,000 people signed a petition asking to reconsider.
Case reports have associated kratom exposure with addiction, hallucinations, delusion, psychosis, seizures and death. The DEA said in August it planned to temporarily classify mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, the main psychoactive ingredients of kratom, under the “schedule 1” category, placing it on par with heroin and LSD.
However, the notice of intent that was published on August 31, 2016 (81 FR 59929) is withdrawn as of October 13, 2016 as it had received numerous comments from the public requesting that it consider further information before taking action.. The comment period will be open until December 1, 2016.
What do you think? Should they ban kratom for good and make it a scheduled substance? Should the DEA come in and start the kratom ban with arresting a bunch of people for doing something that was legal a day ago?
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