Opinion: To Our Government Officials – Leave Kratom Alone

Opinion: To Our Government Officials – Leave Kratom Alone

By Judi Plumley.

The FDA is heightening its warning to consumers and healthcare professionals, first made in a public health advisory in November, that kratom presents a safety hazard and holds the potential for abuse. For chronic painers who find Kratom to be useful it’s another example of the federal government ignoring or even railing against alternative treatment that might help.

Judi Plumley

I am saddened and angry at what I see happening with the DEA and the FDA in consideration to the so called opiate crisis.  I am 60 years old.  I have been a part of, and watched this senseless war on drugs since 1980.  In a lot of ways, nothing has changed.  No matter what laws you enact, no matter what measures you take, you are only filling the coffers of corporations and organizations, and you aren’t doing anything to help either the people who are addicts and or those in chronic pain.  It’s obvious to us all that our government couldn’t care less about the people it serves.  It is only interested in making money.

I have never lived in a world where cannabis was legal.  It has been a horrible injustice to the American people that a botanical that shows such promise was made illegal on a whim.  Yet, all those years alcohol, which kills more and more people each year, has remained legal.

They made cannabis a cash cow by making it illegal and in the process, persecuted millions of Americans.  It looks like now, finally, someone let that genie out of the bottle, and you can’t put it back in again.  That is a good thing. It should never have been illegal in the first place.

Over the last few years, another herb, kratom, has come on the horizon and now thousands of people across the country are finding it helpful to deal with pain. It calms withdrawal symptoms, it elevates mood, and promotes sleep.  Most people who use it are over 40, and now that you have systematically made it more and more difficult for people to manage pain, more people are using kratom safely and effectively.  The drug companies don’t like kratom any more than cannabis, and the FDA is passing out lies about kratom, sharing misinformation that no one who actually uses kratom believes.  Of course, there are those who will believe anything the government says, and all I can do is hope and pray our leaders will actually look over the evidence, and leave the kratom alone.

It seems to me that the CDC, DEA, FDA and DOJ all have something against poor people.  It seems like every single law and directive that has been passed in the last year targets the poor more than any other class of people.  You all know very well, that the poor in this country cannot get the medical care they need.  They are treated like convicts in emergency rooms and pain clinics.  They can’t call an attorney when they have been cheated or thrown out of a pain clinic.

They can’t afford the copays, deductibles, and drug tests, so what does someone do?  What do you expect them to do?   They get drugs off the street, fentanyl, or heroin, they overdose, they die, and you call them drug addicts and say they are a part of the statistic of the opiate epidemic.  This has not changed in 40 years!!!!

Like I said, along comes kratom.  Many of us use it and cannabis to control pain and a host of other illnesses, and have been successful.  We had to do something.  Our government leaders let us down, refused to help us.  All they want to do, it seems, is put us in jail, and take away what little we have left.  So now you guys can’t stand it and you want to ban kratom.

How about this?  I challenge you to go to a vape shop and buy some, doesn’t matter what strain.  Mix about a half tsp in some pudding or make it into tea, but be sure to add sugar.  The stuff is bitter.  Within 30 minutes of drinking it you should feel like you had a cup of coffee.  Aches and pains will diminish.  That’s it.  That’s all, No, it’s not scientific, it is evidence based.  Just ask anyone who uses it.

Judie Plumley was born and raised in Memphis who lived there   for 47 years, then moved to GA, where she now lives with her husband and mother. She is the mother of two and grandmother of four.

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There are 95 comments for this article
  1. Krista M at 4:32 pm

    My thoughts exactly. .. Please do your research. Everyone responds differently to any substance, natural or not. But please let us be smart enough to research. ..kratom is beneficial for many different reasons. Pain management, anxiety, sleeplessness, appetite, depression, energy and many more. But only if taken responsibly. Just like alcohol ..”please drink responsibly ” must be 21 to purchase and consume. There are hundreds of thousands of alcohol related deaths each year. But the FDA did not blacklist it, making it a controlled substance. No it allows the individual to make their own responsible decision whether or not to consume. Why is kratom different? We have an epidemic, and what we are using, suboxone, methadone etc, are not working. There is a 99% relapse rate. People are selling their prescriptions of methadone and subs for money to buy opiates. People are not selling Kratom to buy opiates. People are using Kratom in recovery to lead normal productive lives. When we are in our addictions we ruin the receptors in our brain that produce our ” happy” chemicals. As a result makes it extremely hard to stay sober early in sobriety. We feel remorse and guilt for things weve done, Kratom allowed me to feel ” normal” without being extremely addictive like suboxone and methadone. It is not for everyone, like smoking tobacco is not for everyone, or drinking alcohol. But ? ” take responsibly and please be 21 to purchase and consume. This should be the focus of the FDA. Not adding to more chaos , to an already unstable, fraile, failing system to help the opiate epidemic. Let us work together. Keep Kratom Legal…

  2. Chris at 2:24 pm

    I guess that’s possible…there’s always someone who has a bad experience with anything. For instance, my mother doesn’t like coffee because she feels like she’s on speed for hours after a cup and she doesn’t like taco bell because to her the meat is like popping a jalapeno in her mouth and it’s too hot. So maybe you’re just one of those people who are sensitive to things. Some advice for the future…all herbs should be researched before taking them. All herbs should be respected. Be smart about what you take and don’t just go throwing stuff in your mouth because I’m sure that you didn’t even consider, it was a leaf and you could have allergies to it.

  3. Olivia at 5:25 am

    I went into a local cofffee shop and was it was casually suggested I might like some Kratom in my tea, as they were out of kava. I had been having some anxiety from my dog having suddenly died.
    I thought this would be similar to something like Bach flowers or similar…subtle.
    I had no idea I would be completely drugged for the next 6 hours!! I had children to take care of, had to drive home, go to work. Felt like a violation. I was terrified to fall asleep, concerned my autonomic nervous system would stop. It was a horrific situation. My daughter was really worried about me.
    I’m all for people in pain using it. It should not be available at a coffee shop and definitely should be considered a drug, that was how it acted on me. I worry about any minor or
    someone with mental illness that might try it out there without knowing they will be thrown into an altered state. I should have been asked- are you ok with having all your functions debilitated? Do you need to operate machinery? Care for small children? Need to work?
    It was one of the scariest days of my life. Horrible experience.

  4. James at 8:00 am

    Stop LYING about Kratom: Kratom does provide a buzz (more or less); but usually less than opiates.

  5. Richard Plank at 4:48 pm

    Sorry, some people are stupid over emotional hypocratic. The only thing people should be warned about is the FDA themselves. Currupt with crimes against humanity

  6. Robin L Lindahl at 9:30 am

    I’m all for Kratom Although it’s not for me, I have many friends who it works for.

  7. Beth Lloyd at 7:00 pm

    Thank you! I like your challenge at the end of your piece. It doesn’t require millions of dollars for clinical trials. Anyone can just try kratom, and find out for themselves that it is a safe and effective herbal supplement.

    If kratom was taken away from the millions of Americans who use it to support their health and well-being, so many more people would return to prescription opioids and/or illegal street drugs, and many more would die.

  8. Judie Plumley at 5:48 pm

    I started using kratom in 2015. I had spent 2 years pretty much in bed after I got MRSA in my spine, 6 months after I had had transvaginal mesh removed. Yeah, I am one big scar with a bunch of nerves attached to it.
    My COBRA had run out. No insurance meant no pain clinic. I had already spent the better part of 6 months tapering off narcotics BECAUSE I KNEW I COULD NOT GET THEM. I had no choice.
    I don’t use narcotics simply because I don’t go to doctors. I see nothing wrong with patients getting the meds they need, and if they are going to need them for the rest of their lives, who cares if they are addicted??
    For me, this is our choice. I am an adult. I have a right to pain relief, and so do all of you. The government does not have the right to drug test us to treat us. Pain should be treated like any other disease, not like we are some criminal because we have it.
    I lived with an alcoholic and drug addict for a decade. I know the damage drugs can do. So I am familiar with both sides.
    My ex chose to use drugs and alcohol knowing he would black out and beat me. The decision to take drugs was his, and when he could not find them, he made them.
    Drugs, used properly, are not the problem. People who take them and do bad things are the problem.
    I want the kratom to stay legal because its the only thing I have that makes it bearable to live in my body, but I certainly don’t condemn anyone for using opiates.

  9. Sammy at 3:08 pm

    I’m sure that we all agree that this is about money for the big pharmaceutical companies and their hired Lobbiest who run their mouths about something they know nothing about . A street prostitute is better in my eyes , since typically they are only hurting themselves , compared to a hired Lobbiest , who for money, has the power to hurt millions. I also can clearly see that once they make it illegal for the public to buy, and decide what’s best for their own body, Kratom will suddenly be used in high cost rehabilitation centers for opiate withdrawal , which again , only the rich will be in a positive to use it. . I’m not going to tell my success story , since I wonder if our stories only give the people in a position to make money by banning it’s use, only more fuel to continue to get their greedy hands on it. God bless us all , since the greedy and rich could care less about us.

  10. Jason Dane at 2:18 pm

    100% support Kratom. In my opinion, the FDA knows it lost the war against Cannabis, so it needs a new victim, and Kratom fits their profile perfectly. What they don’t know, is what will happen if they ban Kratom. We will see our opiodic epidemic get 20 times worse. Our government doesn’t care, they want control. And those who have served in our military and use Kratom- thank you for your service, and please speak out regarding Kratom. They might actually listen to you.

  11. Missy at 1:31 pm

    Hi Shane, I support your fight to be able to use kratom and reading all the comments I’d like to try it as well! I only ask that you would also support those of us who’ve only had success with prescribed opioids. Lord knows if I can alleviate my pain with kratom then I’ll throw my prescriptions for opioids out the window! I’m just saying let’s keep the criticism where it belongs, which in my opinion, is on street drugs (heroin & illicit fentanyl) not on people seeing pain dr’s with legitimate reasons to use opioids. My hope is to fight together for each of us to make these medication choices between patient & doctor, not government bureaucrats threatening everyone!
    I want the war on doctors and the pain community stopped. ❤

  12. Richard Plank at 1:21 pm

    Currupt as hell, can we fire them now? Can we dig deaper and bring charges against them? I bet we can. Can we stop lining the pockets of all the corporations? Just stop paying them. They poison us, spend our money on things not for us, for them. Take it all away.

  13. HJ at 1:18 pm

    Jodi made a post that rings true for me. I got called a “pill popper” by someone who chooses to use Kratom. Their choice, my choice. We both have pain, so why bash?

    I did try to share information in a group that seemed like a legitimate source. I was kicked out of the group for “fear-mongering.” The problem with kicking someone out who is sharing something that looks valid, and not communicating with them why you think it’s not valid, and then engaging them in the equivalent of a private-message yelling match (when you’re the only one who is yelling — not the person you booted)… it makes me wonder what’s going on.

    Educate, share. Don’t attack. I have mixed feelings about my experiences. I understand, but I don’t. I’ve encountered other occasions where even asking a question (about an entirely different treatment) is perceived as “introducing doubt.” I run, run far away when that happens.

    For those of you who it’s working for, I’m happy for you. I have a “shakey” sort of feeling over how I was received and I guess I won’t be learning about it for myself.

  14. James at 12:00 pm

    Barry Bonds should be HOF’er for volunteering his body for medical science!!!

    His aging fan base should be doubly impressed!!!

    We shouldn’t use Kratom-
    And pro athletes shouldn’t trial
    PEDs for U.S. . .???

  15. Judie Plumley at 11:14 am

    You say “addiction is not a disease”. The definition of the word disease is “any condition that prevents the body from working normally”, so in my opinion, addiction is a disease.
    Should “we be forced”, as you say, to fund treatment? It sounds like you are still thinking that addiction is a personal failure. It isn’t. Addicts are sick in their bodies, minds and souls. Many medications have side effects that change people in very unfavorable ways. They become mentally ill.
    I think everyone deserves the help they want and need. I have seen 12 step programs do wonders. I don’t approve of the medical community making a killing off of trying to rehab addicts who are not ready. Forcing people into treatment before they are ready is a waste.
    We do have to take responsibility for our actions, and addiction is a personal thing. When an addict is ready to accept help, they should be able to get it.

  16. Tammy L Battaglia at 9:17 am

    I had over 12 surgeries and suffer from many medical issues including fibromyalgia and anxiety and depression. I suffer everyday in chronic pain..and they won’t give me pain meds due to government making doctors scared to give out meds..I started using kratom 4 months ago and it’s help so much..I was ok do the medical marijuana but insurance don’t cover it..so I’m so pissed the government tries and control everything not thinking of millions this natural pills they help..stop government and pharmaceutical companies from taking away our relief

  17. Bart Eason at 7:01 am

    I have been on norcos 10 years, then to morphine for a year, then methadone at pain management for a year..dr died..had negative effects on methadone, throat swelled so I had to chew a multivitamin and wash to get down..cold turkied the methadone..had to go to pain management for vyvance..i took a Norco so I could make it..first ever bad UA. threw me out after paying 210 a month cash only for year..started the kratom and weed..got caught with 2 joints . On 5 grand bond..was give up on kratom as couldn’t figure out dose or strain..but now got it figured out..taking 4 grams red and 1 white every morning and it has been a miracle..no pain , feel great, sleep great, even my blood pressure dropping..cut bp. Meds in half..getting my records and MRI ‘s together and gonna drive 3 hours and pay 400 first visit and 300 every 20 days if they ban the kratom..serious spine degeneration..the FDA IS REALLY TRYING TO BRAIN WASH FOLKS TO BAN KRATOM..BIGOTS TOWARD PAIN SUFFERERS..

  18. James at 6:05 am

    -Maybe best to treat THE BODY with natural and synthetic options-

    And IMMEDIATELY cut out the “PT$D”/gender reassignment crapola. . .

    Especially since 1% of Americans have actually seen combat!!!

  19. James at 5:42 am

    And along with Addiction treatment- we also have to provide gender reassignment care. . .

    One cannot change their gender with hormones and cosmetic surgery.

    But hey: When the U.S. government sees tats and piercings. . .They presume an African village. .

  20. James at 5:24 am

    Our medical system is broken due to greed. . .Addiction is NOT a disease-and we should not be forced into funding “recovery” treatment.

    PAIN is an-easily treatable condition-and if money for such is going for peripheral nonsense:

    Its MY RIGHT to look elsewhere for help.

  21. James at 4:43 am

    “. . .the statistic of the opiate epidemic HAS NOT changed in 40yrs”.

    1. Baby Boomers NOT RAISED to tolerate pain-like previous generations. . .

    2. Baby Boomers are aging-and EXPERIENCING REAL PAIN. . .

    Who is who-is not my call.

    But Judi can’t be trusted. . .

  22. Krista M at 3:30 am

    All of these stories are amazing and really do show the support in the Kratom community. I myself am a recovering addict. I was addicted to pills which led me to heroin…options for a recovering addict in my area…not much. It is suboxone or methadone. I started suboxone and soon realized that this drug is as addictive as heroin. I came to my prescribing doctor and mentioned that i would like to taper down and i was told that i shouldnt . of course what doctor would want you to stop paying 200 dollars for every suboxone appt. My husband helped me taper down….it was terrible. It was in my opinion even worse than opiate withdrawl. I soon realized how dangerous these drugs are. These so called aids in recovery. I was again at an extreme low point in my life. Unable to eat, sleep, or work. I was completley lost. I was finally off of suboxone but at what cost? Does the doctir offer and guidance or help? I had been on the prescription for almost 2 years? At the maximun dosage. They want you to take it, but never quit.
    Then I was introduced to Kratom. An all natural herbal supplement. I was able to eat and sleep. I was able to get up and work. I was able to be the mom I had been trying to be , and I was able to be there for my husband who had always been here for me. Kratom does not make me “high”. It helps an addict in recovery lead a productive life. Free from opiates and their counterparts along with the withdrawl symptoms. I do not believe Kratom is deadly. I do believe that it is a game of power and money and in a country that is suffering loses everyday from opiates , we should be looking at any natural supplement that helps. I would hope that our President reads the letter from the AKA. And really listens to the message. Please is you have not done so yet, go to the American Kratom Associations website and sign the letter urging our President to stop the FDA and DEA from making a huge mistake . Let our government know that we the people shall be heard!

  23. MARK BEVERS at 2:14 am

    I’m on day 3 of no Norco. I’ve been taking it for 20 years, 2 times a day. I feel absolutely no pain when I use Kratom.
    No buzz, have not had any stomachaches, anything.
    I cannot believe I’m only learned of Kratom one week ago. I went immediately into testing.
    Way better than marijuana, no side effects that can see yet.
    I’ll be fighting if they try to change this classification on this, it’s an Herb and it works.
    For anyone looking I got my 1st sample at GNC. Tested it for 1 or 2 days. Test was successful. Absolutely no pain I cannot believe it.
    Anyone looking to try it themselves just go down to a local head shop, try a few of them. The one by me carried several different brands.
    I tried to they both work exactly the same I’m hooked.
    I’m hoping to go back to my doctor and tell them I don’t think I’ll need any more Norco.
    My only problem is they won’t Look at this as a good thing because they know that Kratom is unregulated.
    And they will still just think I’m some kind of pain killer poppins druggie.
    This will be interesting how it plays out as I’m gonna be honest with my doctor and my sister that’s a nurse.

    I highly recommend it. if you don’t find anything nearby just order it online and you’ll see for yourself it’s magic.

  24. Richard Leigh Smith at 12:51 am

    The truth is that pharmaceutical companies have been paying the government money for years. To stop and label natural substances. That interfere with the sales of their narcotics.. Its politics at its best when a company pays a politician to manipulate the rules in order for their company to continue making big profits. It’s all about money.

  25. Jodi at 11:50 pm

    I am a chronic pain patient. We are supposed to be supporting one another because the government is trying to take all of the stuff that helps take our pain away. I do take an opioid, I am absolutely not addicted to it, nor do I get any kind of high off of it. It is the only thing that works for my CRPS, bone pain from an infected knee replacement (that I’ve had multiple surgeries to get rid of the infection, and ultimately lost quite a lot of bone in my leg). I also have fibro, arthriti, back problems. I think that Kratom helps many people and that shouldn’t be taken away as well. I’m not liking these comments about other chronic pain patients having to take opioids. We are supposed to be helping each other. I am supportive and have tried Kratom. I may not have had the right kind, but it didn’t help my pain. I also support legalizing Marijuana. We shouldn’t be bashing each other. We should be helping each other. Every person is different in what helps them. I don’t like when my fellow pain warriors call people who have to take opioids addicts. I mean I understand that it can be addictive, but I take my meds as prescribed. I have written things in support of Kratom because it helps many people. I’m sorry, but reading some of these posts made me feel bad and I get enough of that from people who don’t understand what pain is like.

  26. Johnny Conrad at 8:33 pm

    What a bunch of clowns the FDA are… alcohol is legal and causes countless deaths every year!

    The FDA is obviously financially motivated.

    So sad that they are so willfully ignorant about kratom.

    Cigarettes cause millions of deaths annually, and the FDA is talking about Kratom?

  27. Rick Kelly at 7:37 pm

    ANY substance which is mind or mood altering will be controlled under this current administration. Indiana is the first state to demand patients sign a registry which limits dose to 15 mg/day and requires one to submit to random urine tests.

    Krantom will be disallowed and they’re already planning to walk back the state mmj laws.

    This is NOT a joke. Details of the cdc Opiod policy begins on pg 202. https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Health-Plans/MedicareAdvtgSpecRateStats/Downloads/Advance2019Part2.pdf
    I have CRPS full body. The only other option is an invasive pump which have proven unsuccessful for ‘autoimmune patients.’ Next is type 2 diabetes and the police state grocery shopping and cooking for you! Now that was a joke but not that far fetched. People’s Republic of the United States.

  28. Tammy Page at 7:17 pm

    I’m so fed up with our Government getting into our business, especially when it comes to our health. In AL (where I live) they have already banned Kratom. I have thought about driving to Mississippi to buy some. I am a pain patient and I do use opioids to help me get thru the day, however, as everyone knows Pain Management Drs are being forced to cut medications so low that its all I can do to try and live a normal life now. I would love the chance to use Kratom and I agree. The Government needs to back off!!!!

  29. Joshua Shaw at 6:28 pm

    Pharmaceutical companies are mad that they don’t control kratom. They pay politicians big money to enact laws that make them richer. They don’t care how many people die, as long as they died using their pills. They fear kratom is cutting into their black market sales. It’s time for the government to put People over money. I just found kratom last October. After 2 back surgeries and years of one opiate after another, I finally have my life back. Really hoping big pharm doesn’t get there way. Leave kratom alone, legalize marijuana and the death toll from opiates will kickly start dropping.

  30. Florence E Southard at 6:20 pm

    Well said. The government needs to leave our natural supplement alone. I do not believe it is the FDA’s business what natural substance I choose to consume for my own well being.

  31. Donna Vitale at 6:09 pm

    The only reason the FDA wants it banned is so they can cap it themselves and help them and big pharm companies get rich. Right now it’s legal and they aren’t making a profit on it. It’s all about the money #ProudKratomUser

  32. Vicki at 5:04 pm

    I don’t know anyone who has died from Kratom , I do know five people who have died from heroin overdose or painkillers. Ask any mother Who’s child is addicted , if they would rather they take some Kratom or try heroin again!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Stanley Hand at 4:50 pm

    I had accepted the fact that I going to die from norco. I chased it for 5 years and was spending at least $50 a day buying it off the street. I could not stop no matter what, the withdrawals were too much. Then one day I heard about kratom, drove to another state where it was legal and never took another norco from that day to this one! I am certain it saved my life.I wish our goverment could look past profit just once and leave kratom alone.

  34. Susan at 4:50 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more Judy. I am almost 60 and have suffered thru pain since I was in my late teens after being diagnosed with arthritis, now osteo. I was also born disabled which I turned into an “abilty” for many years and held fulltime jobs and raised two children as a single parent with some help from my parents thankfully. It was about 20 years ago when the pain in my upper extremities became unbearable and I stopped working and went on disability. Which made me cringe. I have had my issues thru the years and so I know both sides of this “epidemic” we are supposed to be in the midst of. I have had to take pain meds all my life off and on and still use them when needed. I have come to also be aware of some natural pain remedies and utilize them when I can afford to. It’s a shame that our own AG would make a comment like “take some ibuprofen and smoke less pot” when he has no idea what it is to be in such chronic pain that it forbids you to get out of bed, that it forbids you to shower, that it also forbids the repetitious movement of your arm brushing your hair. Kratom is a natural herb derived from the coffee plant and if used alone or with a little pot even, it can prove to be very comforting and helpful in alleviating chronic pain. As Judy says, why is it the government hasn’t gone after our alcohol crisis and addicts and make alcohol illegal. People are killed by drunk driving accidents every day and there seems to be nothing done about it. My pain meds are prescribed, I do not misuse them, doesn’t that make them legal? Why do us who are innocent to abusing them have to always be at fault and punished? I hardly ever make a response to these articles because I can just get so caught up in the disappointment in our country’s leaders. There have always been opioid drugs in this country and I feel there will always be even if the FDA and DOJ find a way to make them illegal, which will only result in less pure mixtures and more deaths. I think I’ve gone on long enough but before I go I also want to add I not only have OA but now fibro, spurs, and nerve damage due to a cyst at the base of my brain stem that is currently inoperable due to the proximity to my brain stem. Oh yeah, did I mention I was born with a birth defect which now has me in the “underprivileged healthcare” bracket? Thanks for listening and thank you Judy for a great read.

  35. Lisa Garner at 4:47 pm

    The money is in the medicine! Kratom helped me as well… It’s all about Money! Kratom is a miracle i love it now i am not a opioid zombie thanks to kratom

  36. Lloyd Todd at 4:47 pm

    Great article! I was using 300 pain pills a month and now I just use Kratom for my back and knees. It’s not nearly as deadly as some of the other items you have stated above.

  37. Reka at 4:01 pm

    I agree the government just wants to make money. They always wants to be in control of things and when they fill as though they cant control something they hate to see people take matters into their on hands. They know those 44 death aren’t just from kratom use alone. Even too much kratom at one time will just make you very nausea and vomit. I know from personal experience. If they ban kratom that will be a very sad day and the beginning to another yet worse opium crises.

  38. Dan at 3:21 pm

    Very well written, and. Accurate article. Keep spreading the facts.

  39. Chris at 2:52 pm

    I take kratom for pain. I was a patient at the pain clinic and they treated me like a druggie even though I paid 10’s of thousands of dollars. You go in for help and they make you feel bad for needing help. They tell you to workout and eat different like that will help the pain. I couldn’t sleep for more than 20mins at a time for almost 10 years. I couldn’t play with my children for most of their lives. My 4 year old is just seeing a father being playful because the pain stopped me. I was a zombie on opiates with no motivation to live life. My wife left me because she didn’t understand and couldn’t see my pain and all she seen was a unmotivated pill popper. I couldn’t help that because the pain was so great. I begged my Dr to give me surgery many times and I told him how much I hated my pills and the 20 shots every 2 weeks weren’t doing any good. Even though I told him everything I was going through he ignored me. I lost my wife who I love the most in this world because Dr’s wouldn’t listen, I begged my Dr to do something else to help me. I’ve lost so much but I’m slowly gaining it back because of kratom. I’m still in some pain but it helps so much. I take kratom and I’m in less pain and I’m motivated to do things like play with my children. I’ll never have the woman that my heart belongs to but my children have their father and that means the world to me and them. I don’t know what I’ll do if they take this mirical leaf from me and I’m scared of that day.

  40. Jennifer simon at 2:46 pm

    I totally agree! How can they go after plants that help people? What an eloquent article. The fact that people go to jail over selling or consuming plants to help painful conditions is the true crime story.

  41. Charles Brooks at 2:05 pm

    Kratom has been a great improvement to my quality of life. I have chronic fatigue syndrome. Mine has a LOT of pain that goes with it. I was taking Tramadol but it wasn’t working after a little while and I kept having to take more and more for it to be effective. I read that Tramadol can cause serious, like a few threatening issues taking to much and this bothered me greatly. My other option was opioids and this is not an avenue I wanted to try unless I had no other option. Then about 8 months ago I read about kratom helping people with CFS so I decided to try it. This herb has greatly helped me! I am able to sleep at night now! I am able to get out of bed for a couple hours a day and do things all while being safer and more cost effective, in my opinion, than opioids. This has truly been a God send to me and millions of other people. Please keep kratom legal and available to the needy citizens of the United States. This is helping a LOT of people!

  42. Aaron at 1:44 pm

    Well put… The pharmaceutical companies are not part of the kratom movement and that’s where the problem lies. They aren’t making money off of it so it is considered dangerous. I suffered from opiate addiction years ago not from going on the streets to get high but for medical reasons. I decided I wanted off so I was recommended suboxone. I trusted the doctors recommendation and it led me to a worse addiction. The withdrawal off of suboxone was far worse than the opiate withdrawal and I was highly affected in my daily life for nearly a year after. Not trusting what the doctor had to say after this, I was looking for a solution for my chronic pain. I found kratom and it has been a Godsend. It manages my pain, I don’t have to worry about being impaired when I take it and it doesn’t cost me a fortune. I blame the opiate epidemic on the physicians and pharmaceutical companies. A very high majority of people I know that are addicted to opiates and have turned to heavier street drugs started out injured, were prescribed opiates and was a down hill slide from there. Anyone who is a kratom user knows that these claims about overdose and the dangers are absurd.

  43. Dan at 1:33 pm

    Kratom has been an absolute help to my life. I think the FDA is just trying to make it illegal because they can’t make any money on it. I have been taking Kratom for years and it has not done anything bad to my body at all nor am I addicted to it I can go for weeks without it. In fact my doctor says that I am in Better Health since I’ve been taking it. I truly believe that every natural remedy for your body the FDA wants to make illegal because they are the biggest drug pushers in the world. If they can’t make money on it they make it illegal and they come out with a drug that is three times more addicting. Please save kratom if there is a vote to not make it illegal we have to do it. The FDA and the DEA is totally wrong about what they are doing. Kratom is Kratom not an opiate. It does not even have the same scientific cells as an opiate plant. The opiate plant is an opiate plant. The Kratom plant is a Kratom plant. They are two completely separate plants you cannot categorize something as an opiate if it is not an opiate at all whatsoever. I hate our government sometimes for what they do they are stupid. I wish they would open their eyes to ancient remedies that have been around for a hundred years and stop lying about them to scare [edit] people. If they do make Kratom illegal I’m going to do it anyway because it has been a major help to my life.

  44. Karie at 1:31 pm

    My experience with kratom is not a good one. My husband was addicted to pain pills for years he kicked that habit thank God then he found out about kratom to help with pain etc that was the worst mistake ever he took about 60 kratom capsules a day everyday he pretty well starved himself daily over this drug he developed stuttering, memory loss, agitation as well asa few other problems. It made our relationship hell in attempts to get off the kratom he had to seek opioid treatmemt center suboxone/methadone. Kratom seems like the go to drug now but in my case it was horrible. Wishing you all the best

  45. Eric Redshirt Lipford at 1:30 pm

    Very well written. I have used kratom for years now and have not taken opiates, antianxiety meds or antidepressants since I have been on kratom. Now I have been diagnosed with emphysema and COPD and I can assure you that it does not interfere with my breathing. And on the occasion that I run out of it my back kills me I have a herniated disc and arthritis in my low back. This herb has truly been a God send.

  46. M at 1:26 pm

    I’m an Iraq vet, who was blown up! Anyway had multi operations on neck,eye and face, and a bunch more. To many to list! They ( US ) gov. Put me on a very well supply of powerful painkillers, and diazepam for PTSD! I found Kratom, and my life is forever changed! 5 gr. Red Bali for pain 5to8 gr. White Borneo for sleep and my mood! It work better than anything i have tried and tried them all! DEA/FDA it all about the $ they lose to big pharma no surprise here! Leave it alone!

  47. Carolyn clark at 12:49 pm

    Kartom is a and if people take it the right that’s on. I use it and have been 6 months now and it dose help me. I have lupus and RA and raynards. They are doing this due they get kick backs from the big drug companies to do so due to they don’t want too lose money.

  48. Bonnie Buchman at 12:48 pm

    Our govt is worried about Mexican drug cartels……! They really need to look in the mirror, because it’s exactly what they are in a nutshell!

  49. Geri Roberts at 12:36 pm

    Very well said! The scientific community has known for years that kratom acts on the opioid receptors but there was never any reason to deny anybody access to it. But now that the poor have turned to it as an inexpensive and benign substance remedy instead of expensive drugs, steps must be take to keep the cash cows in the pen. If they try to get out, they are jailed which also fills the government coffers. it is a win-win situation for our leaders and if we let them get away with it they will continue to pen us in. They have created the opioid crisis and they want it to continue to milk it by creating addicts who have nowhere else to turn.

  50. Lynne Thermann at 12:13 pm

    Thank you Judi. Our struggle is mainly a struggle against misinformation, fear & confusion ~ remember ‘Reefer Madness’? ~ & your post helps us fight the good fight.

  51. Heather Alchin at 11:46 am

    Please don’t take our Kratom away. I have fibromyalgia and I am allergic to Lyrica. Narcotics for a very long time because that’s all that I could take for my fibro. the day I found Kratom was the best day of my life. What’s with the pain and the depression that comes with fibromyalgia. I’ve been taking it for about 3 years now and have never had the withdraws that I did with the narcotics. Kratom is a good thing don’t take it please

  52. Mark Little at 11:45 am

    Great Article!!! They say 41 people have died from Kratom use however all but 1 of those people had something else in their system like alcohol or other drugs. I don’t look at Marijuana or Kratom as a drugs….so they work on our opioid and canibinoid receptors…..they are herbs placed here by my God….not man made and they work.
    I feel using either of these is my God given right….the truth is that, if an Apple a Day really kept the doctor away they would be a Shedule 1 narcotic.
    I have plates and rods all down my left side…multiple surgeries and have been down the same road as many other patients taking pain meds…they are dangerous and only work short term.
    So they allege 41 people have died from Kratom…..I agree that alcohol is much more deadly and the same for cigarettes…..now that’s a ban I would stand behind 110%

  53. John Seikel at 11:45 am

    This is being over advertised by the sellers of Krantom so everyone loads up on their supply. What they don’t realize is all this public opinion will give pressure to FDA to spend an enormous amounts of money to test the hell out of it and to squeeze out more of our tax dollars from us just like Marijuana.

  54. James DeLap at 11:21 am

    Opiate use is greater today(vs 40yrs ago) because of aging Baby Boomers. . .
    (NOT SO MANY depression- era babies).

    Insurance companies-didn’t/don’t want to pay-medically trained surgeons-to fix broken/breaking
    down Baby Boomers. . .

    So, instead, Addiction Recovery centers are everywhere:
    -Don’t have to pay for a medically trained staff-much less Surgeons/Anesthesiologists. .

    These anti-Kratom(FORMER health insurance execs/crooks)-want want to “provide” ZERO healthcare-in
    Exchange for “Obamacare” $$$.

    Get it???

  55. Mike Connerley at 11:16 am

    This is very true!!!!! I had finally found kratom and it is awesome and is actually better than pain meds, it makes you feel normal and all I can say is, again, everything you said in the article is true…thank you!!! I hope the money hungry government agencies get off their high horse and realize that if they make kratom illegal they will be only contributing to the opioid epidemic!!!
    But again, everything they do has ulterior motives anyways….so here we go!!!

  56. Robin L Lindahl at 11:15 am

    People making these decisions have not been or do they understand what is going on in the real world. I also know some of these many individuals take opioids themselves. Others that don’t have no idea what true pain management statistics are. Alcohol and cancer related deaths are far worse than the opioids prescribed. This is one of the best ways to spend our government money on useless fights by using misinformed public.

  57. Bradley J Wolfe at 11:13 am

    Wow people need to read this and pass it on kratom is a life saver literally not a life taker and truth needs to be told before its to late.

  58. Richard Hutcherson at 11:13 am

    I was hooked on pain pill for over 12 yrs an this kramtom came along an saved my life an my family because I nearly lost both s few years ago. The only reason the government wants to ban it it because of the big pharma company give kick back to the government official.

  59. Brad wetzel at 11:09 am

    You are spot on.i suffer from severe anxiety along with PTSD and also chronic back pain..not to mention i suffer from alcoholism ( i know im a mess ..or at least i was) my doctor put me on painkillers10 years ago and that was that.i was addicted..ive lost many things due to alcohol and painkillers..family, many jobs and eventually my freedom when i got a 3rd DUI which i served 28 months for…when i got home i feared facing alcohol and drugs but then i discovered Kratom..it helped with everything i suffered from..i haven’t touched a drug or a drink in over 5 years because of Kratom…i am able to work now and i have even remarried…my life changed for the better..if they make kratom illegal what happens to me and thousands of others like me..their argument for kratom is that you can get it at any corner store and if you take to much you can die (asians have used it for hundreds of years and have reported NOT ONE DEATH) but you can buy alcohol at any corner and you can definitely die from that ..i should know..my heart stopped from alcohol poisoning 10 years ago…but the FDA is fine with us using that..please leave it alone
    Hopeful in michigan

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  61. Richard at 10:40 am

    I have been using kratom for 5 years. Before that I was a hopeless heroin addict alone and on the street. Today i have a good job a house 2 children and a wife. Kratom has saved my life

  62. Roxanne at 10:37 am

    I am 30 yrs old. I have been battling drug addiction since 15 yrs old. It finally resulted in my children getting taken away. Then, I found kratom 3 years ago. I have since gotten my children back and for the last 3 years have been working as a CNA. Kratom has changed my life. I am happy hardworking dedicated mother now. A person I have always wanted to be but never thought I could. I am scared of what could happen if kratom becomes illegal.

  63. Michelle McManus at 10:27 am

    ThankYou Judi. Great article. I Was on Pain Meds for Yrs due to Car Accident. They turned me into a fiend. Krantom takes pain Away w/o All the Side Effects. Also, I’m Not Down All the time. My daughter was put on An Antidepressant. She lst 30lbs, from Being depressed. That Damn Antidepressant Was Driving her To “Suicide”! She’s 15! I caught it just in time, Put her in Hospital. My gurl does Not Do Drugs, Drink Ect. Good Gurl. I Put her on Krantom. I Cant believe the difference. She’s back to herself. Please, Please leave Krantom Alone. Can Save Many Lives.

  64. Kira at 10:12 am

    My husband was addicted to opiates. He has a Fibrous displaysia a bone disease and has pain daily. He would spend alot of money on extra pills every month. He knew it had to stop. He did research and found kratom. He bought his first bottle at a smoke shop and he was able to quit the opiates. Kratom has changed his life for the better. We are afraid of what will happen. We will fight to keep it legal!! My husband purchases his kratom on krakenkratom.com

  65. Missy at 10:06 am

    First of all great article! I’m all for what helps people manage pain. To Margaret, I’m so happy that kratom works well for you but for those of us who are helped with opiates I would appreciate less statements like “I don’t want opioids!!!” I believe this was your statement. Let’s all support each other in this struggle to fight pain. What helps one may not be the answer for another. I do need opioids to live my life! And I support all those fighting for kratom and marijuana legalization and anything else that helps stop a life of suffering! Love & blessings to all ❤

  66. Denise T. at 9:52 am

    Couldn’t agree more. I’m 70 years old with chronic back and leg pain. Arthritis in my knees made walking or rising from a chair very painful
    I have been treated at a pain clinic for several years. It is not about controlling pain but about decreasing medication. I have begun cannibus in place of half my allotted opioid use. I have used kartom also with good results with no real instruction for use from local smoke shop. The real star is pure CBD oil. I no longer suffer arthritis pain with 5 drops under my tongue twice a day. The war on opioids has put seniors at risk when forced find pain relief outside our medical system. Either allow our responsible use of opioids or get busy and find an easier way to uptain these alternative pain relives and recommended dosage.
    As usual it is about the money. Since the legalization of cannibus the local dispensery now charges 15% tax on medical sales and 36% for recreational users. The government now will send us seniors on fixed incomes, back to looking for relief on the streets.
    Shame on you! Is it too much to ask to keep us safe and pain free?

  67. Richard DeVaughn at 9:38 am

    FDA tell us about all of the deaths from the vaccines you have approved. Kids vaccines and Flu vaccines. If kids haven’t died how about all the side effects that come from these vaccines. FDA is killing people daily from approving these drugs.

  68. Karen Anderson at 9:35 am

    I agree completely. I’m 60 years old. I have chronic pain from bulging disks, nerve damage, and osteoarthritis. I was in a near fatal car crash that turned my life upside down. Kratom is a God send. It also helps my husband and his friend who are both fighting aggressive prostate cancer. These two men will suffer greatly without Kratom. They were both prescribed powerful pain relievers that were not effective. Kratom makes us feel almost normal again. We aren’t high. We don’t deal with the fatigue and the potential for addiction like we would from prescriptions. I also worry that I will be unable to care for my husband without Kratom. I really hate what our government is doing to people. I would also love to give my husband marajuana to help fight his cancer but where I live we would face 6 years in prison. It’s all such an OUTRAGE. Unelected bureaucrats who are in the big pockets of huge pharmaceuticals should not be permitted to make such decisions. Please, just leave us alone! Kratom is NOT dangerous.
    “The gentle government that promises to hold your hand as you cross the street refuses to let go on the other side” – Author Unknown
    Great article. Thank you,
    Karen Anderson

  69. Linda Lilly at 9:33 am

    Kratom has HELPED me so very much with depression. At least I can get something accomplished. Coffee upsets my stomach and doesn’t work for depression. I’ve nobody to drive me back and forth nor sit with me after Elecric Current Therapy as this is all that was left in the “medical-pharmaceutical world”

  70. Kate at 9:31 am

    I too credit my life to Kratom. I was LEGALLY prescribed Oxy for 2yrs from a pain management Dr. And was cut off cold turkey when a family member stole my meds & the Dr said I was seeking (cops even arrested the thief & found my bottle on her, but wasn’t good enough).

    Withdrawals were so horrific & the ER would do nothing, doc wld do nothing. I came VERY, VERY close to killing myself, but I’m a mom of 4, I couldn’t do that. Not an option.

    Then a neighbor brought me a care pkg. She had giant horse pill capsules from God! I had to take ALOT to start but I was FINALLY able to sleep!! Function. Live!

    It has been almost 10yrs & I still use it all the time. It’s an interesting time table of when all this is going dwn & the fact that big pharm has a opioid withdrawal drug ready to push through the FDA. I’m sure WAY over the price I pay for my powder.

    Doesnt ANYONE CARE??

  71. LISA RENEE HERNANDEZ at 9:29 am

    Let me educate you, meaning the FDA,DEA, our problems with you..#1 People that really want to quit opiate addiction do not want your addicting pills.. They are trying to get rid of taking a pill that does alter you in other ways..#2 The only people that I might have known in my 63 years in this world that want your pills are the ones that need a Free fix for the day… They still buy heroin cause they don’t want to quit..
    #3 This is for people that would rather drink a spoon of Kratom for the rest of their lives instead of your pills!!
    This is what the fight is..#4 You can’t keep people from abusing DRUGS and dieing.. Everyone that I have read about, that has died and It be blamed on Kratom had other drugs in their system..#5 Don’t punish the people that want to quit opiate addiction withdrawal from taking Kratom..
    Y’all are just not right and what you think goes on in the life of an addict that wants to change their cure of choices and be able to live … You have no idea.. You have to live life to learn it!!!!

  72. Richard DeVaughn at 9:24 am

    Great article. The FDA is only doing this because big pharma can’t rape people on a product that God put on the earth as marijuana and kratom. If the FDA wanted to really protect people’s health why don’t they do something about the chem trails with all the aluminum that is
    being sprayed on us on a daily basis. How about the 5G networks that will be coming out with all the radiation. They won’t tell you the destruction coming from 5G. How about the smart meters at your house? FDA isnt your friend its all about the money.

  73. DaveO at 9:22 am

    Give us a break that this is about our safety. It has saved ALOT more lives than it hurt so that just doesnt even make since. And thats a fact.

  74. William Dorn at 9:15 am

    I agree with the commenters that the goverment should leave Kratom alone but disagree with those who say opiutes make them like zombies.People in chronic pain do not get high or feel like zombies they just get to live without so much pain.When will the moral people in our goverment speak up and put a end to this witch hunt.All the people and groups who support the use of medical pot kratom and opiutes should get together to fight for our rights.There is strength in numbers and votes.

  75. Tom at 9:12 am

    I am a disabled War Veteran Paratrooper. I found Kratom awhile back. I am not one to believe in herbs. I was in the medical field for the 21 years I served in the Army. Broke my back, tore knee, and have been told i have PTSD. The VA had me on all types of pills. I tryed Kratom and now I keep a supply.

  76. Bobby at 9:11 am

    I strongly agree with everyone else that posted on here.And that the truth they don’t want us to thrive , do well, or secede. Or be pain free etc. They say its a Free country but where is the proof. I don’t see it they try to tell us what we can and can’t do and if something will make our lives better well that disappoints them.

  77. cellie bensch at 9:11 am

    I have never been addicted to any opiods. I have had chronic depression since birth. I am 56 yrs. Old, I have had alcohol problems most of my adult life that has caused myself and loved ones much difficulty and sorrow. I have had suicidal feelings off and on for last 25 yrs. Now. I began trying Kratom in hopes that It would help me withdraw from alcohol and lift me out of the near constant depression I have lived with forever. It INDEED did help me with the nightmare of alcoholism and now, daily my mood seems what I always thought people without depression felt most of the time. No high feeling, no withdrawl. It has changed my life and that of my loved ones for the better. I have had to take opiates briefly for pain from surgeries. Kratom is NOTHING like Them! I do not like the affects of opiates at all. I rather deal with the pain to some degree. If Kratom is banned, it will be a horrific shame. I too advise anyone, especially in the FDA to try 1/2 to 1 level tsp. In pudding, capsules or… it has very bitter taste. Then it will be seen that is NOTHING like has been imagined!

  78. James Duvall at 8:54 am

    Keep kratom legal and outlaw tobbaco….a fat chance of that happening. So many of us have found a way managing our pain with the use of this leaf. For the government to step in and ban its use is a thorn in the eye of ALL U.S. citizens. We don’t want pharmaceutical drugs that dope us up. With kratom, we can function and we truly have our lives back. The attack on this plant IS an injustice of mammoth proportion. If the alphabet agencies really want to curb addiction from powerful narcotics then they would let remain in the status it now resides. EDUCATION is the key.

  79. Mike at 8:52 am

    I’ve been using kratom for 10yrs never have I had a bad experience fda findings is bs trump u want to fire someone the fools wasting tax dollar at the dea and fda need to go. .

  80. Paul Cote at 8:45 am

    This is 100% the truth!!! There is a war on chronic pain patients in this country which has made it sometimes nearly impossible to get opioid pain medication. This war has caused the heroin epidemic in this country. Now they want to ban a completely 100% natural substance that pain patients take instead of being forced to go the route of heroin because they can’t get enough or any pain medication from there doctors. I know for a fact that if I could not take Kratom or pain medications for my painful back problems. I would be on heroin.

  81. Martin at 8:43 am

    I used Kratom as an adjunct treatment for my opiod withdrawal. I believe it may have saved my life.

  82. Patty at 8:13 am

    Thank you, Judi. I agree with you 100%. I am a 64 yr old Grandmother & have been using Kratom for about a year. I had been on opiates since 2001 for back issues that didn’t get better after numerous surgeries & started using Kratom because it was less expensive than going to the pain clinic on a monthly basis to get my prescription & having to pay the portion of their office visit that my insurance didn’t cover.
    I can forsee what will happen when our Government bans this plant, along with all the hoops we will be made to jump through to obtain a prescription for meds. People with chronic pain will turn to street drugs to alleviate their pain, and if these mindless idiots in control think the overdose statistics are high now, just wait. This is definitely going to backfire in their faces!

  83. Laurie Ware at 8:11 am

    Very well said. I have kratom before and it did get rid of my chronic pain. I went to a local head shop to get it. It was 33.00 for 3 pills. That is expensive for me.. I need 2 and I am pain free for most of the day.I never tried it as tea. Sounds like a great idea, with raw honey. I did purchase red vein once over the interent and it did absolutely nothinng. Threw money away. Keep it legal! As the author wrote pot should never have been made illegal. I do use medicianl grade at night to relax and get better sleep. I wish kratom didn’t cost so much is my only thing, because it does work and like someone said you are not a zombie, as with opiods.

  84. Deborah N. at 8:02 am

    Thank you for your article! I’m a relatively new Kratom user, and it’s been a miracle for me. After spending 20 years of my life on prescription opioids to control chronic pain stemming from an Arterial Venus Malformation, I am now med-free. I cannot begin to express how good this feels. Kratom has quite literally save my life. I will be forced to turn to opiates once again if the FDA (aka big pharma) succeeds. Kratom is not the problem. Greed and capitalism is. Please support the American Kratom Association and join the fight to keep Kratom legal and available.

  85. Sean at 7:43 am

    It’s about money. Kratom is seen as a little hole in their pocket that allows pocket change to fall out. They don’t like that. The made up stories of people overdosing on Kratom is preposterous.

  86. Rick at 7:42 am

    I have been using Kratom for about 3 years now and I have NEVER ONCE felt like I had gotten high or impaired my judgement while taking it. I never take more than I need. I have been a roofer for more than 25 years; so needless to say that my back hurts all the time. After falling off the roof once I was put on Vicodin for 3 years then the new doctor told me that they weren’t a drug store and completely cut it off from my painting management. After that had happened, I felt really sick with withdraws for a couple weeks. I really believe that Kratom also helped me quit drinking and have been sober for going on 2 years now. I also believe that if it is ban, more people Will go to harder things and the deaths will climb even more than they have already.

  87. Tami at 7:33 am

    Very well said. I started taking kratom about 10 months ago after 5 years on opiates for chronic knee and shoulder pain. It has been a godsend. I have gone from being constantly exhausted, only able to work part time, to energetic enough to work full time and still have enough energy to keep up with the grandkids. I have never had any kind of breathing difficulty and if i don’t take kratom, I don’t feel as though I’m withdrawn at all. the government needs to just leave it alone and let us heal ourselves in the manner we choose.

  88. Shane HERRELL at 7:21 am

    The FDA is grasping at straws trying to build its case against kratom. While in the mean time they deregulate prescription opioids for big pharma. Why doesn’t someone simply show a comparative list of “deaths” caused by kratom a year, to a list of actual deaths attributed to prescription opioids. Or alcohol. Its quite obvious why they want it banned… $$$ they could care less about the American peoples well being. It’s disgusting! Kratom is a miracle herb that’s cutting into profits of big pharma.

  89. Margaret Adamson at 5:53 am

    Agree 100 percent. I just found Kratom last summer. It has been a blessing for me. Our government is over stepping once again. Using a computer simulation is junk research. I’ll wager everyone of the 44 deaths that are contributed to Kratom have something else in their system. I will be fighting to keep Kratom legal. I don’t want opiods!!!

  90. Bryce at 3:22 am

    Great article! Im glad there are people standing up for kratom A ban could be a death sentence to many people. Kratom pulled me out of the darkest period in my life. I took opiate pain medication after a surgery and became dependent on it. I went from almost being homeless and severely depressed to now being back in school and working. I’m happy for the first time in many years and my family is ecstatic. I drink Kratom tea once in the morning and it allows me to function without turning me into a zombie like opiates did. It’s hard to believe that FDA really believes it to be a danger. (Tylenol) overdose. 40 deaths associated (not necessarily caused) by Kratom is an extremely small amount compared to almost any medication/ substance. Even Tylenol kills over a hundred people annually. I keep hearing the FDA saying it should be banned because there is “no medical use” for the plant. How is alcohol still legal then? How about tobacco? Those don’t have any medical uses. Why A Kratom ban would be detrimental for me and people in my situation.

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