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Enter your kratom story into the public record to help keep kratom legal worldwide

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Enter your kratom story into the public record to help keep kratom legal worldwide
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https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/07/23/2021-15685/international-drug-scheduling-convention-on-psychotropic-substances-single-convention-on-narcotic?fbclid=IwAR1jTz7JSte491H5eTQBwjrivN4Y60s1t-kIPc1iy9UvnjfY2kkwHNFuBvM PUBLIC COMMENTS OPEN UNTIL AUGUST 9. This is a wonderful opportunity to enter your kratom story in the public record in the United States. Using the link above, your comment, as long as it’s polite and not overly angry, will be entered into the Federal Register! This comment could influence how the World Health …

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House Appropriations Committee bill HR4502 could direct HHS to Keep Kratom Legal

On July 20, the House Committee on Appropriations released summaries of seven appropriations bills for fiscal year 2022, which runs from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022. One of the bills, HR4502 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies funding bill, includes a report, 117-96, that includes language that would direct the …

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Does the FDA want to control kratom because they know it’s safe?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been an outspoken enemy of legal kratom since 2012. The FDA’s official stance on kratom as of 2019 has been to warn Americans that kratom is a dangerous drug that should never be consumed. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Mitragyna speciosa, …

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53. Journalist Nick Wing on Covering Kratom

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53. Journalist Nick Wing on Covering Kratom
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Nick Wing is currently editor of the nonprofit journal The Appeal (theappeal.org). He spent nearly 10 years as a journalist for Huffington Post, where he did extensive in-depth reporting on kratom, starting in 2016. In the course of his work, Nick Wing discovered that one of FDA’s “kratom-related deaths” was a man who died of …

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The Big Dietary Supplements Industry Wants to Ban Kratom

Import Alert Imposed During Natural Products Association CEO’s Tenure at FDA The Natural Products Association (NPA) describes itself as the “leading trade association for dietary supplements”. Its board members include representatives from massive “nutraceuticals” manufacturers, big names like GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, and Nature’s Way (subsidiary of pharma giants Schwabe), Danisco (subsidiary of Dupont), and chemical …

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52. The Other Crime of the Century: State-Sanctioned Torture of Pain Patients w/ Dr. Thomas Kline

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52. The Other Crime of the Century: State-Sanctioned Torture of Pain Patients w/ Dr. Thomas Kline
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You may have seen HBO’s documentary The Crime of the Century about pharmaceutical companies influencing doctors to prescribe an abundance of pain medication. But there’s another story that may make for a sequel. CDC guidelines combined with DEA threats to doctors are now leaving chronic pain patients without the access to opioid pain medication that …

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Journal Club #19: The FDA’s Bad Science on Kratom

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Journal Club #19: The FDA's Bad Science on Kratom
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Neuroscientist Dr. Jonathan Cachat and host Brian Gallagher look at the blistering report by Jane Babin released in August 2018: “FDA Fails to Follow the Science on Kratom” (PDF available here https://t.co/G76TVsWdLY?amp=1 ). Babin demonstrates how FDA manipulated data to create a Schedule I justification based on what a former HHS Assistant Secretary of Health …

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FDA-Induced Panic by Another Kratom-Induced Seizure

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an import alert on kratom in 2012, giving the agency the legal right to seize imports. The justification for the alert was based on laughably flimsy evidence, including nine deaths in Sweden of a product called “Krypton”, that contained toxic levels of O-desmethyltramadol (Babin, 2018). Since then, the …

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Full Text of 2018 HHS Letter to DEA Rescinding Kratom Ban Recommendation

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESOffice of the SecretaryOffice of the Assistant Secretary for HealthWashington, D.C. 20201 AUG 16 2018 [stamped] The Honorable Uttam DhillonActing AdministratorDrug Enforcement AdministrationU.S. Department of Justice8701 Morrissette DriveSpringfield, VA 22152 Dear Mr. Dhillon: Pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), 21 U.S.C. § 811, I am rescinding our prior recommendation …

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Federal Actions on Kratom: 2006 to 2018 HHS Decision to Withhold Ban

This is a timeline of actions taken by federal agencies concerning kratom up to the August 16, 2018 HHS decision to withdraw a recommendation to ban kratom. FDA has been the most active federal agency in trying to control kratom, from releasing several import alerts, to requesting shipment seizures, to sending cease and desist letters …

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