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

December 3, 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 narcotics in order to relieve pain, ease symptoms of opiate withdrawal and treat PTSD. Kratom is a natural botanical substance, extracted from a tree which belongs to the coffee family and is native to south-east Asia. The herb only induced 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, both 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 outlaw on kratom can be viewed as the first step towards undoing the harm caused by four decades of the war on narcotics. Since 1961, the official solution to drug utilization problems has been to criminalize personal medication possession rather than investing resources in programs to decrease health risks associated with drug use and offer voluntary therapy options for people struggling with dependence. 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, affirming 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 spent hour with US army veteran David Dasilma, who explained how his own life dramatically improved where reference is switched 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 help find kratom to be a great solution.

The DEA reversal on kratom is consistent with statements built lately 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 therapy for our veterans, stimulating it as public health fear and not a criminal problem.

The government has shown signs of shifting towards a new practice of cautiously regulating and aggressively researching other herbs in order to understand the benefits and hazards 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 select their own pain relief, anxiety and dependence supporting protocol.

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