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DEA asked public to comment on its proposed kratom ban and 99 percent opposed it

“Of the 2,416 comments submitted to the DEA with profession-related information, nearly half self-identified as either veterans, law enforcement officials, health care professionals or scientists. The overwhelming majority of these were in favor of keeping kratom legal, with veterans supporting by a margin of 448 to 1 and medical professionals supporting by a margin of 569 to 7.”

When the Drug Enforcement Administration formally backed off plans last year to ban the herb kratom, the agency announced it would accept input from the public to help determine how to proceed. Over the next six weeks, the proposed rule change received 23,232 comments, almost all of which opposed the move toward prohibition, according to new data released Thursday. Many users tout kratom not just as an analgesic, but also as a treatment for other conditions like anxiety, depression and opioid addiction. But opponents have expressed concerns that kratom use can lead to addiction, dependence and even acute harm. Although preliminary research has uncovered therapeutic potential, the lack of concrete science left a gray area that the federal government had sought to fill by prohibiting kratom altogether. A diverse coalition of supporters appears prepared to stand firm against that move. “Why would they want me taking 10 pills a day when I have something already that makes me feel better than those pills and in my eyes is a lot healthier,” Danielle, an Army veteran who asked to be identified by her middle name. Danielle has a service-related disability and was getting treatment at Veterans Affairs.

Original Article (Huffington Post):
DEA Asked Public To Comment On Its Proposed Kratom Ban And 99 Percent Opposed It
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