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America has an “after school special” mentality about drug use, and the powers that be never hesitate to weave that fear into profits.
Most people who use drugs aren’t addicted to them, and that applies to everything from crack to alcohol to opiates to kratom. The puritanical approach of punishing instead of treating people for drug addiction is clearly ignorant and ineffective, not to mention brutal, and clearly serves power. Prohibitionary policies are now and have been since their inception perpetuated by financial interests that stand to gain from drug criminalization — in this case the legal opiate dealers. That much has been obvious to anyone who has any curiosity about the history of drug prohibition in the United States.
Right now FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb chooses to highlight a story that fits his agenda about kratom. He does this with a straight face only weeks after he approved a drug 10 times stronger than Fentanyl, the drug that killed Prince, the greatest American musician alive, if he was still alive, but he isn’t, because he was murdered by an FDA approved drug. This drug that the political “MD” Gottlieb just approved, that has the power to murder 10 Princes, is called Dsuvia, which can be used as a painkiller or probably an abortion pill for babies as young as 1 day after conception until about 100 years after birth.
Yet he chose to Tweet a sensationalist CNN article about a woman who may have been drinking kratom tea for her pregnancy, or may not have, that’s not really important to the people doing the case study. The people who did this case study were
Here’s a layman’s opinion: It’s probably not a good idea to take any drug (natural or synthetic) while pregnant without knowing the risks. In the hundreds of years of traditional use in Southeast Asia, kratom was used mostly by men, so we don’t even have word-of-mouth historical data to assess the effect kratom has on developing fetuses. All we have now are five cases claimed by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb of babies being born with withdrawal symptoms to mothers who have claimed to use kratom during pregnancy. On the other hand, we have hundreds of women posting anecdotes online about kratom not affecting their pregnancy at all.
But Gottlieb clearly doesn’t care about NAS babies. If he did, he’d be tweet 100 times a day about the babies born from opiate addicted mothers, addicted to drugs like Fentanyl and Dsuvia approved by the FDA.