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55. Dr. Kirsten Smith of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

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55. Dr. Kirsten Smith of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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Dr. Kirsten Smith is a post-doc fellow at National Institute on Drug Abuse. With a background in social work and working with communities with substance use disorder, Dr. Smith was instrumental in introducing kratom research to NIDA’s Intramural Research Program, where she works in the in the Real-world Assessment, Prediction, and Treatment Unit. Dr. Smith …

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

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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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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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Banning Drugs is Anti-Science, Anti-Health, and Anti-Social

“Thankfully now, this is legal. The whole idea of Schedule 1, I think, is going to go away. How bizarre is that? That these molecules are ‘evil’. Please, come on!” That is a direct quote from celebrity addiction medicine specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky on his new YouTube podcast, “Dr. Drew After Dark”, recorded in California …

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Florida Krators: University of Florida College of Pharmacy Receives $3.5 million NIDA Grant for Kratom Research

The University of Florida College of Pharmacy announced that it will be receiving a grant from the National Institutes on Drug Abuse for $3.5 million for kratom research. According to a press release from the college, the team led by Dr. Lance McMahon and noted kratom expert Dr. Chris McCurdy, along with Dr. Bonnie Avery …

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Scientists’ Letter to HHS, DEA, FDA, NIDA questions FDA’s handling of Kratom

An open letter to HHS, DEA, NIDA, and FDA signed by twelve leading scientists from various fields has been posted on the website of American Kratom Association. The 33 page letter analyzes and sharply criticizes, piece by piece, the FDA’s 8-Factor Analysis that led the organization to determine that kratom should be placed on the …

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AKA

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.” …

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