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Idaho’s Controversial New Amendment

What a busy start to 2021. On Friday, January 29, the Idaho Senate committee will meet to vote on an anti-drug constitutional amendment. Specifically, the Senate Joint Resolution No. 101 will ban, “the production, manufacture, transportation, sale, delivery, dispensing, distribution, possession, or use of psychoactive drugs in the state of Idaho.” The amendment is significant …

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Is Kratom a Drug?

Is kratom a drug, a medicinal herb, a dietary supplement, a “safe food”, a tea? These terms have a whole lot to do with social perception, a little to do with legal issues, and nothing to do with science. Kratom is a shrub that grows natively in Southeast Asia. Botanically, kratom comes from the Rubiaceae …

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Interview with Marc Swogger, University of Rochester social scientist

An audio version of this interview can be found here. Dr. Marc Swogger is an associate professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Swogger is a social scientist and psychologist who studies substance use. He has co-authored multiple studies on the individual and public health effects of the use of …

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15. Marketing in a Kratom-Restrictive World with Wade Harman

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My guest is Wade Harman from Richlands, Virginia. Wade is a former coal miner, now a freelance writer, kratom consumer of 18 years, and host of the podcast The Botanical Resistance. We talk about FDA links to big pharma, marketing in a kratom-restrictive social media world, and how Wade survived an opiate addiction with the …

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4. Escaping Chronic Pain with Amy Wike

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My guest this week is Amy Wike from Kansas. Several years ago Amy worked at a meat processing plant. The physical strain of the job left her with permanent chronic pain. Her medication was latered tapered off by her doctor. The pain didn’t go away until Amy discovered kratom… Written and produced by Brian Gallagher. …

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Shocking News to No One in the Kratom Community: Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Hired to Pfizer’s Board of Directors

Oh, I never! Scott Gottlieb was hired to the board of Pfizer? Puh-Fizer? What? This is so out of left field for a healthcare venture capitalist! Next you’ll be telling me that the only reason he got his degree in internal medicine is for street cred with Big Pharma, and to cash in on the …

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Leading Kratom Scientists Call on FDA, DEA to Keep Kratom Legal

In a recent article published in International Journal of Drug Policy, leading kratom researchers called on the FDA, DEA, and legislators to keep kratom legal, as placing kratom on Schedule 1 would impede research and cause damaging public health consequences. Authors included Chris McCurdy, Andrew Kruegal, Jack Henningfield, and the late Bonnie Avery (who passed …

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Good News for Kratom Science: House Committee on Appropriations requests expanded research; NIDA grants $3.4 million to UF College of Pharmacy

Slowly but surely, government is responding to the relentless advocacy of the kratom community and the American Kratom Association. In addition to the state governments of Georgia, Utah, and Arizona (that recently decided to regulate rather than ban kratom), the House of Representatives and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse are listening to our calls …

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