Some hopeful news has been delivered by our friends at the American Kratom Association (AKA) this week. The website of the National Institute of Drug Abuse briefly displayed the message, “Kratom by itself is not associated with fatal overdose.” It was quickly changed, and it now reads “Information on kratom overdoses is currently being updated.”
This is exciting news, as this is the first time we’ve seen NIDA acknowledge kratom’s non-lethality. The AKA asserts that Kratom is a non-lethal botanical that ought to be available as a food or supplement. Dave Herman, chairman of the AKA says that other opiate drugs cause users to stop breathing, and states, “We have proof positive that kratom does not have this effect.”
NIDA maintains they haven’t changed their position, while AKA continues to fight. The short-lived message that went up is our first glimmer that NIDA might be close to changing their official stance on Kratom.