Major New Analysis Shows No Basis For DEA To Restrict Herb Kratom
Expert Finds Potential for Abuse May Be As Low As Such Unrestricted Substances as "Nutmeg and St. John's Wort"
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A long-awaited analysis by one of the world's leading experts on drug abuse and addiction concludes that there is "insufficient evidence" for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to ban or otherwise restrict the coffee-like herb kratom under the Controlled Substances Act. According to the comprehensive analysis, kratom has little potential for abuse and dependence – as low or lower than such widely used and unscheduled substances as "nutmeg, hops, St. John's Wort, chamomile, guarana, and kola nut."
In preparing the report for the American Kratom Association (AKA), Dr. Jack Henningfield, Ph.D., vice president of Research, Health Policy, and Abuse Liability at PinneyAssociates, concludes: "Kratom has a low potential for abuse and a low dependence liability and there is insufficient evidence of personal harm, adverse health effects or detriment to the public health to warrant control under the [Controlled Substances Act] . . . Appropriate regulation of kratom under the [Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act] is the most effective way to protect the public health by ensuring appropriate access and oversight and to sustain the overall very low adverse personal and public health effects associated with kratom consumption."
Major Outpouring of Support, 13,000 Comments submitted to DEA Via Kratomcomments.org To Keep Kratom Legal
American Kratom Association Set 10,000 Comment Target to be Met by December 1st Deadline; Less Than 36 Hours to Go Before Comment Period Closes at 11:59 p.m. EST Thursday.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As of noon EST today, the www.KratomComments.org Web site organized by the American Kratom Association (AKA) had generated 12,875 comments to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ahead of its 11:59 p.m. EST December 1st comment period deadline.
Input from KratomComments.org is cascading in so quickly into the DEA's Regulation.gov comment form that the federal agency's official count was lagging at 11,382 as of noon EST today. AKA created the KratomComments.org website in October 2016 to make it easier for consumers to submit their comments to the DEA. The site has proven so popular that 1,436 comments – more than a tenth of all comments received so far - were submitted on November 29th alone.Read more
SURVEY OF ER/TRAUMA HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS FINDS NO EVIDENCE OF EITHER KRATOM DEATHS OR EPIDEMIC OF ABUSE
Findings of American Kratom Association Poll Submitted to DEA Before December 1 Comment Period Closes; Zero Support Found Among ER/Trauma Professionals for DEA Banning Natural Herb
WASHINGTON, D.C. November 29, 2016 If the DEA is correct in suggesting that there is a kratom epidemic going on in America, then it is somehow happening without our nation’s front-line medical professionals knowing a thing about it. A random online survey of 115 emergency room (ER) and trauma health care professionals across the U.S. found zero reported cases of deaths related to kratom. The new poll also uncovered precisely 0 percent support among those surveyed for a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ban on the coffee-like herb kratom.
WITH 2 WEEKS TO GO: AMERICAN KRATOM ASSOCIATION URGES KRATOM COMMUNITY TO “SPEAK UP NOW!” AND GET 10,000 COMMENTS IN TO DEA
KratomComments.org Generates 3,000+ of 5,400 Comments Received So Far
WASHINGTON, D.C.///November 17, 2016///With exactly two weeks to go before the December 1st end to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Agency (DEA) comment period on kratom, the American Kratom Association (AKA) is seeking today to rally the kratom community to double the number of comments on file from the current level of about 5400 to at least 10,000.
AKA created the www.KratomComments.org website in October 2016 to make it easier for consumers to submit their comments to the DEA. As of noon EST Wednesday, the AKA website had been used to contribute 3,037 of the 5,376 comments logged by the DEA – a very strong 56 percent of the total.
AKA is working hard to get as many people as possible who have benefited from kratom to share their opposition to the classification of the coffee-like herb as a Schedule I drug.
American Kratom Association Director Susan Ash said: “Today, we are telling the kratom community that it's now or never. This is it. We only have two weeks left to be heard. We know there are tens of thousands of YouTube videos on this topic and that more than 140,000 people signed the White House petition on kratom. We need to hear from those people now. I am personally appealing to those of you who know kratom to take the time to go to KratomComments.org and speak out today.”Read more
KRATOMCOMMENTS.ORG LAUNCHED TO ENCOURAGE LARGEST POSSIBLE RESPONSE TO DEA CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS ON COFFEE-LIKE HERB KRATOM
New Web Site Builds on Unprecedented DEA Reversal October 12th; From Same Pro-Kratom Team That Organized National “We the People” Petition, White House March, and Other Major Actions.
WASHINGTON, D.C. October 20, 2016 The American Kratom Association (AKA) and Botanical Education Alliance (BEA) joined forces today to launch www.KratomComments.org to make it as easy as possible for the maximum number of consumers to submit to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) by December 1st comments opposing the classification of the coffee-like herb kratom as a schedule I drug.Read more
AMERICAN KRATOM ASSOCIATION: DEA PUSH TO SCHEDULE NATURAL HERB KRATOM WILL HARM VETERANS, SENIORS AND OTHER AMERICANS
Hundreds of Thousands of Kratom Consumers Have Urged DEA to Stop Classification of Coffee-Like Botanical As a Major Narcotic; 51 Members of Congress Urge DEA to Respect Due Process
WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 28, 2016 – The American Kratom Association (AKA) supports the legal use of kratom by millions of Americans. The Association believes that kratom should not be classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In the words of AKA Founder Susan Ash: “Veterans, grandparents, and mature adults in all fields including medical and law enforcement are utilizing this herb safely and responsibly. They now are facing the possibility of becoming felons for simply choosing a natural plant over pharmaceutical drugs.”
The American Kratom Association disagrees vehemently with the DEA’s proposed action. AKA would embrace an open process where the facts can be presented and explored. A thorough scientific review and citizen’s testimony may lead to some new regulations. However, the current DEA intention is NOT the answer and could prove harmful.
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BIPARTISAN GROUP OF 51 U.S. HOUSE MEMBERS URGES DEA TO DELAY “HASTY” BAN ON NATURAL HERBAL SUPPLEMENT KRATOM
Letter to OMB From House Members Urges Agency to Step In If DEA Fails to Halt Ban; Need Seen to Allow for Expert & Public Comment, Additional Research of Kratom Benefits.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 28, 2016 – More than 50 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) urging the federal agency to halt an emergency push to ban the coffee-related herb kratom by as early as Friday (September 30th). A related letter by the 51 U.S. House Members also has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Organized by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), the DEA and OMB letters were signed by 28 Democrats and 23 Republicans, including two medical doctors serving in Congress. The signers represent Congressional Districts in 25 states, including California, Georgia, Colorado, Florida, Virginia, New York state, and Texas.
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