DEA is expected to ban Kratom and thousands are protesting ahead of this decision. DEA’s choice is upsetting many users who mentioned that the plant from Southeast Asia has helped them kick opioid addictions as well as scientists who believe that it is a mistake.
Gina Rivera, a Spring Hill resident, shared her story and mentioned her concern towards the decision. More than ten years ago, Rivera suffered a terrible car accident which led to three back surgeries.
The pain medicine she has prescribed caused her an addiction. Among the prescribed medication, she tried Roxicodone, Oxycontin, Methadone, Zanaflex, Subutex, Klonopin Morphine, Paxil, Seroquel, Fioricet, and Tramadol. After becoming addicted to some of the prescribed medication, Rivera went to a methadone clinic for therapy but only when she discovered Kratom says she was able to kick her addiction.
Rivera is very upset because DEA wants to ban Kratom; she also said that the medicine helped to stabilize her back pain, and she no longer has to utilize the prescribed narcotics.
Kratom is a plant that could be found in Southeast Asia; it usually has green, large leaves which are powdered, dried, and taken as a drug. This medicine normally has mild, opioid-like influences. In Asia, people trying to wean themselves off opium used to chew the leaves or brew them into tea. At smoke shops across the country, the medicine can be bought in capsules or powder.
DEA stated that the reason they want to ban Kratom is that the medicine is abused because of its opioid-like effects. Moreover, the drug is sold as a legal alternative to banned substances.
According to DEA’s findings, Kratom is reported for millions of dosages meant for the recreational demand. Furthermore, DEA mentioned that the drug’s use is not medically accepted in the United States treatment, and it also has an increased potential for abuse. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the medicine is not safe for use and because of the three mentioned factors, the drug is a Schedule I controlled substance as stated by the Controlled Substances Act enacted by Congress in 1970.
The risks of the use of Kratom include psychosis, insomnia, weight loss, hepatotoxicity, tachycardia, poor concentration, vomiting, hallucinations, and death.
Rivera and many other users went to Washington D.C. to protest the anticipated decision of DEA to ban Kratom.
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