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

October 19, 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 employed kratom as an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs in order to relieve pain, 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 plans to schedule kratom as an illegal substance.

In response to the DEAs move, an impressive alliance of veterans, congresspeople, senators, both consumers and human rights activists raised their voices. It is a relief the DEA has now decided to listen to public commentaries. 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 prohibit on kratom can be viewed as the first step towards undoing the harm caused by four decades of the war against narcotics. Since 1961, the official solution to drug utilization problems has been to criminalize personal drug possession rather than investing resources in programs to decrease health risks links with drug use and provide voluntary treatment options for people struggling with dependency. This must stop.

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

I have expended period with US army veteran David Dasilma, who explained how his own life dramatically improved where reference is 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 attained recently by President Barack 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, inducing it as public health fear and not war criminals problem.

The government has shown signs of shifting towards a new practise of cautiously regulating and aggressively researching other herbs in order to understand the benefits and dangers before making any determinations. One instance is that the Veterans Administration is now considering marijuana as an alternative technique of easing pain. Many believe, as I do, that kratom is also a potential solution 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 dependency support protocol.

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