Government weighs in on debate over kratom
On Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 2018 the agency said the new computer model [which has been disparaged by some prominent scientists] it developed shows that kratom contains opioid compounds with potentially deadly side effects such as seizures and depressed breathing.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is weighing whether to place kratom, which comes from a leafy Southeast Asian tree, in the same category of illegal drugs as heroin. It’s the second time the agency has tried to curb access to kratom, delaying a final decision in 2016 after an outcry from the public, dozens of members of Congress and a demonstration at the White House. This time, the DEA is getting high-profile support for a crackdown from the Food and Drug Administration, which has repeatedly warned about the dangers of the substance and says it has identified 44 deaths associated with its use since 2011.