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How a kratom ban… [would] create health risks and suffering—and fuel terrorism

There are at least three major hazards inherent in the government’s [increasingly prohibitionist stance and] approach. First, it risks pulling the safety net away from millions of Americans who managed to find a relatively inexpensive alternative to “big bad” opioids, using it for everything from back pain to fibromyalgia… Second, outlawing the powdered leaves of…[kratom] and creating an illicit market will have the effect of making kratom products more dangerous … Third, it will very likely give terror groups a significant new means to fund their activities.  

One study found that two-thirds of kratom users took the supplement to reduce use or abstain from heroin or prescription painkillers. It is not comparable to those drugs. For pain patients, however, kratom can mean the difference between a comfortable, productive day and one spent in bed … The FDA also released reports on 36 deaths from around the world that it claims were attributable to kratom. But in almost every case other substances—including benzodiazepines, alcohol and conventional opioids—were found in the victim’s system. Over the past few weeks public health experts, scientists and journalists have hustled to keep up with the rapidly escalating assault on kratom. All this for a plant that, even by the government’s highly dubious reckoning, kills fewer people annually than peanuts or acetaminophen.

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How a kratom ban… [would] create health risks and suffering—and fuel terrorism
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