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Will the United States ban kratom, a tropical plant that grows naturally in some southeast Asian countries, owing to its addictive properties? While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been issuing advisories against using the natural remedy for pain of late, there have been reports anticipating a ban on the opioid-type drug.

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fda warns against kratom use will us ban the drug

FDA Warns Against Kratom Use; Will US Ban the Drug?

FDA Warns Against Kratom Use; Will US Ban the Drug?

Will the United States ban kratom, a tropical plant that grows naturally in some southeast

Asian countries, owing to its addictive properties? While the Food and Drug Administration

(FDA) has been issuing advisories against using the natural remedy for pain of late, there have

been reports anticipating a ban on the opioid-type drug.

Mitragyna speciosa, the scientific name of kratom, has been getting popular among

Americans due to its analgesic and antidepressant properties. Many people claim that the

drug helps them deal with opioid withdrawal symptoms. It is normally dispensed as a powder

that can be mixed with tea or can be taken as a diet supplement pill. Its use is still not illegal

in the country and it remains unregulated. Issuing a fresh warning against the use of kratom,

the FDA had made public its intention of cracking down on its misuse in the wake of the

already burgeoning opioid epidemic.

In a Feb.6, 2018

statement, the FDA

had said that so far

44 deaths have been

reported

kratom. It said that

kratom

neither be used for

the management of

any medical ailment

nor as an alternative

to opioids for the

lack

of

regarding the drug’s

therapeutic use. The

agency busted the

myth that being “just

a plant” doesn’t mean it’s safe. In 2012 and 2014, the FDA had issued import alerts for kratom

to stop it right at the border. Since 2014, the law enforcement officials have seized kratom

worth nearly $5.5 million.

due

to

should

evidence

Kratom belongs to the evergreen coffee family. Its active compounds are mitragynine and 7-

hydroxymitragynine, which act like morphine on the brain receptors.

Analysis of drug’s side effects

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in 2016 the fda wanted to list kratom

In 2016, the FDA wanted to list kratom as a Schedule I substance with high potential for abuse.

However, the Congress stalled the move. The recent move by FDA is again signaling towards

its intention of putting the drug under the Controlled Substances Act to restrict its access.

Since 2016, the agency scientists have been studying the computational model of the drug

and how the components of the molecule behave inside the human body. According to FDA

Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, after a thorough research, scientists discovered that out of the

25 compounds present in kratom, 22 act like opioids on the brain. This indicates the potential

side effects of the drug on its users.

Some bodies, like the American Kratom Association (AKA) from Colorado, are unhappy with

the FDA move and want consumers be allowed to make their choices. In a statement it said

that kratom is being used as a lifeline for the millions of Americans replacing strong and

potentially harmful opioids. “A ban on kratom… would put them at risk of relapse to opioid

use with the potential consequence of overdose death.” It cited a recent research published

in the journal Neuropharmacology emphasizing that additional research is warranted to

substantiate that deaths, cited by the FDA, have occurred because of kratom alone.

On Feb.8, 2018, AKA sent a letter to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who recently

took control of the Trump administration’s opioids agenda, and Robert Patterson, the acting

administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), requesting them to intervene.

The AKA letter claimed that “it is not dangerously addictive,” nor is it similar to “narcotics like

opioids” with respect to addiction and death as stated by the FDA in its November 14 kratom

advisory.

Larger issue of addiction

Any drug used over a long period can lead to tolerance, dependence and addiction. If

someone has been prescribed a drug by a practitioner, it should be used strictly as per the

doctor’s advice. Once addicted, it can lead to drug-seeking behavior and a host of health

problems. For those addicted to any drug, timely treatment can help gain sobriety and live a

happy, productive and addiction-free life.

Sovereign Addiction Services is a leading substance abuse treatment provider in the U.S. with

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