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DEA Welcomes Kratom to the Schedule I List Beginning September 30

Accepted submission by takyon at 2016-09-01 01:37:17

Kratom [], an herbal drug [] made of ground-up tree leaves, is "temporarily" joining [] other natural substances such as cannabis, psilocybin, and peyote on the schedule I list [] of the Controlled Substances Act. The active ingredients in kratom, the indole alkaloids mitragynine [] and 7-hydroxymitragynine [], are both being added to the list for up to three years, after which they can be added permanently.

Prior to this move, the U.S. has already been seizing shipments of kratom []:

In 2014, the FDA issued an import alert [] that allowed US Customs agents to detain kratom without a physical examination. "We have identified kratom as a botanical substance that could pose a risk to public health and have the potential for abuse," said Melinda Plaisier, the FDA's associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. According to the DEA, between February 2014 and July 2016, nearly 247,000 pounds of kratom were seized.

Advocates say that kratom is a natural treatment for opioid addiction [], an application that the Drug Enforcement Agency dismisses. Meanwhile, the heroin/opioid epidemic [] continues with "unprecedented" events like the recent 174 heroin overdoses in just six days [] in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Check out the implosion [] of this kratom subreddit [], which is attempting to get 100,000 signatures on the White House petition site []:

APATHY WILL GET US NOWHERE. IF THERE WAS EVER A TIME FOR US TO BAND TOGETHER, ITS NOW. stand with me brothers and sisters. hope is not lost.

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