Kratom has been saved- for now. Make sure the government hears your voice | Paul Pelosi Jr

December 29, 2017

The DEAs reversal on kratom is a major victory. But the final judgment on its legal status is still to come, and your views could make all the difference

As director of the American Kratom Association, I know that huge numbers of people in this country have legally used kratom as an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs in order to alleviate ache, ease symptoms of opiate withdrawal and treat PTSD. Kratom is a natural botanical substance, removed from a tree which belongs to the coffee family and is native to south-east Asia. The herb merely attained headlines, however, on 30 August, when the Drug Enforcement Agency( DEA) announced its intention to schedule kratom as an illegal substance.

In response to the DEAs move, an impressive alliance of veterans, congresspeople, senators, consumers and human rights activists created their voices. It is a relief the DEA has now decided to listen to public comments. It will review those comments and continue to consult until 1 December, before making a final scheduling decision.

This DEA action is a major victory. Reversing the intended prohibition on kratom can be viewed as the first step toward undoing the harm caused by four decades of the war against medications. Since 1961, the official solution to medication utilization problems has been to criminalize personal medication possession rather than expending resources in programs to decrease the risk links with drug use and provide voluntary treatment options for people struggling with dependency. This must stop.

The government is now seriously reviewing scientific research which I believe demonstrates that kratom is a safe medical alternative to opioid utilize. Further study will probably demonstrate our position, confirming that kratom has medical benefits. As a outcome, Americans will have at their disposal a tea-like beverage, rather than powerful prescription drugs, that could help reduce ache, nervousnes, PTSD, and addiction.

I have spent day with US army veteran David Dasilma, who explained how his own life dramatically improved when he be changed to kratom from exorbitantly overpriced prescription drugs. He is not alone. Veterans who have been pumped full of opioids and built up tolerance to traditional methods of pain management have found kratom to be a great solution.

The DEA reversal on kratom is consistent with statements constructed recently by President obama. For too long we viewed drug addiction through the lenses of criminal justice, he said. The most important thing is preventive treatment for our veterans, making it as public health fear and not war criminals problem.

The government has shown signs of shifting towards a new practice of cautiously governing and aggressively researching other herbs in order to understand the benefits and risks before making any determinations. One example is that the Veteran Administration is now considering marijuana as an alternative technique of easing ache. Many believe, as I do, that kratom is also a potential answer for many veterans.

I urge you to make an official comment via government channels before 1 December, here. It is time to support veterans and others right to choice their own ache relief, anxiety and dependence subsistence protocol.

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