“Their crusade to effectively ban Kratom has continued in earnest over the span of the last two years.”
On October 1st, 2018, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy began the process to ban Kratom and move the plant, one that approximately 5 million people in the United States alone use for various ailments, to a Schedule I classification in the state of Ohio. The board’s line of reasoning for doing so falls sharply in line with that of the FDA’s when it attempted to do so on a federal level in 2016. Available data at the time failed to meet the criteria for such a drastic step, and the move was postponed.
But the FDA has not given up. Their crusade to effectively ban Kratom has continued in earnest over the span of the last two years. They have pushed their agenda by misstating the forty-four tragic deaths linked to kratom, the vast majority of which were also linked to other prescription drugs, including a man with nine substances in his bloodstream who had jumped out of a window. Nine of these deaths had taken place in Sweden in 2010, and were due to the kratom being degraded with a synthetic opioid.
Yet no substance has ever been categorized by the FDA simply because of the chemicals that it is mixed with. In any case, the FDA already has the power to seize any product debased in such a way, and give the evidence to the Department of Justice so that they may prosecute individuals involved in the manufacture and sale of such.
The FDA is now using state legislators, such as state boards of pharmacy, to limit the use of kratom. They do so by using the same distortion of facts that they used in 2016, comparing kratom to heroin and stating that it is addictive.
In 2016, nine respected scientists wrote to the White House, stating their belief that the current body of research shows that it is not addictive in the sense that heroin is and that it did not cause the same narcotic-like effects that opioids are known for. They also cited surveys suggesting that kratom could be helpful in actually helping people get off of opioids.
Your Voices Heard
But the good news is that your senators, along with the DEA, heard your voices in 2016 when they opted to postpone the regulation or banning of kratom by moving it to a Schedule I classification. The powers-that-be can hear you again: This is a call to all Ohio residents to use those voices once more! The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy will be meeting Monday and Tuesday, the 16th and 17th of October, and will be taking public comments until that time.
Do your part: A call to our Ohio neighbors
You can take action by following this link and filling out the form which will then be sent to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy:
Please tell them that making kratom illegal will only drive it to the black market which can then actually make the herb dangerous due to lack of regulation and criminality, as prohibition did in the 1920s with people turning to bathtub gin. They need to know that close to 5 million people depend on kratom for their health and well-being.
The health of the citizens of your state is not negotiable!