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#1 t-pain

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 09:02 PM

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I didn't know people were using it to get off of opioids.
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Posted 02 September 2016 - 09:09 AM

"Kratom is an herbal supplement that's become popular in recent years in the United States. Kratom users say taking capsules of the powdered herb helps with social anxiety, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder. On Tuesday, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it intends to place two of kratom’s psychoactive chemicals into its list of Schedule I controlled substances, on temporary basis, citing the necessity "to avoid an imminent hazard to public safety."

According to the DEA, substances in Schedule I "are those that have a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision."

From the DEA's announcement:

Evidence from poison control centers in the United States also shows that there is an increase in the number of individuals abusing kratom, which contains the main active alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. As such, there has been a steady increase in the reporting of kratom exposures by poison control centers. The American Association of Poison Control Centers identified two exposures to kratom between 2000 and 2005. Additionally, the Texas Poison Center Network (TPCN), which is comprised of six poison centers that service the State of Texas, reported 14 exposures to kratom between January 2009 and September 2013. Between January 2010 and December 2015 U.S. poison centers received 660 calls related to kratom exposure. During this time, there was a tenfold increase in the number of calls received, from 26 in 2010 to 263 in 2015.

From STAT News:

“It’s a very tragic day,” said Susan Ash, the founder and director of the American Kratom Association, an advocacy group that works to keep the substance legal.

The issue is more than just work-related for Ash, who used kratom to wean herself off opiates to treat the chronic pain she attributes to Lyme disease. She still takes kratom every day to help control her pain.

“This just ripped my quality of life right out from under me,” she said. “This is the plant that returned me to being a productive member of society, and I truly fear for my future, and I fear for all of the people who found kratom to be a solution for them to get off things like heroin. I foresee a large jump in the already epidemic proportions of opiate deaths in this country.”

Ash and other kratom advocates insist that the substance is no more addictive than coffee, and that as long as it is unadulterated, it is safe for adults to consume. They claim that it is impossible to overdose because consuming too much kratom will make you throw up.

Emergency room doctors and toxicologists, on the other hand, have seen kratom interact negatively with other drugs. In the most extreme cases, seizures have been reported."


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Posted 02 September 2016 - 10:33 AM

Yeah, people take like 10x the amount of 1 dose and are fine.  Its when they eat 30+ pills at once that they get high and call poison control.  Not that it kills them, they get concerned over the effect.  Now, think that as little as 30 325MG aspirin can cause toxicity and kill you (based on 160 lb person).  It's the same thing, but aspirin no one worries about because it helps with very little medically.  Kratom is known outside of the US to help pain, anxiety, and even diabetes.  And yes, a lot of people use it to get over opioids.



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Posted 02 September 2016 - 04:46 PM

I just came across this article on fb. so many things...dea needs to go.
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Posted 03 September 2016 - 07:13 AM

I know someone that uses this for pain it works very well all the reefer madness you here is just that ,   Please sign this Petition  Big Pharm wants us off Cannabis and Kratom,  Notice 2 weeks after they decide no on cannabis  the decide to ban Kratom,    https://petitions.wh...le-i-substance 



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Posted 03 September 2016 - 07:15 AM

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Posted 03 September 2016 - 08:20 AM

Why is it just now I am learning of a PLANT that could benefit me by alleviating the pain from my medical condition and release me from the grips of pharmaceutical companies?  Anyone here have any experience using this plant for chronic rheumatoid arthritic pain? Is this still available until big pharmas right hand outlaws it?


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Posted 03 September 2016 - 08:54 AM

Its still legal for now . Yes this plant is better for pain control than any Opiate  and you can still function ... KIds,,,, If you looking to get high i suggest you look for something else.,


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Posted 03 September 2016 - 10:03 AM

According to the DEA, substances in Schedule I "are those that have a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision."

From the DEA's announcement:

Evidence from poison control centers in the United States also shows that there is an increase in the number of individuals abusing kratom, which contains the main active alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.   I SMELL A RAT 


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Posted 03 September 2016 - 04:11 PM

The more I read about this herb and see the outpouring of people who swear this plant has helped them get their lives back, the more I detest our leadership and wonder who has the right to this much power to make people suffer like this. Here is the DEAs rational to ban a medicinal herb by making it a schedule 1 drug:

 

 

http://www.forbes.co...b/#481191524f86

 

 

“Kratom is abused for its ability to produce opioid-like effects,” the DEA says. “Kratom is misused to self-treat chronic pain and opioid withdrawal symptoms, with users reporting its effects to be comparable to prescription opioids.” So if you use kratom to relax, relieve pain, or get off heroin, that’s abuse.


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Posted 04 September 2016 - 05:22 AM

National Call to Action
Posted by Angela Ross 26sc on September 03, 2016

TAKE ACTION TO SAVE KRATOM NOW!!!

 

We are now facing our darkest hour. The DEA has filed a notice of intent to schedule and ban kratom by September 30th, 2016. Countless people depend on this safe and effective herbal remedy related to coffee that was sacred to the Buddhists, who have used it safely for thousands of years. Many of you depend on this healing leaf for your general well-being, pain and suffering, depression, anxiety, PTSD, opioid dependency and more.

 

Experts have confirmed the 2 main alkaloids in kratom the DEA wishes to schedule (effectively banning the whole plant) are safe, effective and have many positive benefits. The recent decision to ban kratom federally comes after several failed attempts at the State level. It was your heartfelt testimonials, phone calls and letters that caught the ear of compassionate lawmakers. It's now time to send them to any and everyone with any influence over this action - our last chance! Here are several things you can do while we work the system from the inside with a top Washington, D.C. law firm.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO!


1Sign the Petition to the White House - http://tinyurl.com/jk3crus and make sure to confirm your email from the petition. Only Sign ONE time.


2Join us for a March on the White House, Tuesday September 13! 
We are co-sponsoring a peaceful protest/march at the White House. Please attend and share the event with your friends and family.

Website: http://kratommarchdc.com/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/KratomMarchDC/

 

3Contact Your Congressperson (see letter template)

Find yours here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

 

4Contact Your Senator (see letter template)

Find yours here: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

5Email the Assistant Secretary of Health
E-mail Karen B. DeSalvo, the Assistant Secretary of Health. E-mails and letters must be documented by all federal agencies for proof, phone calls are effective, but aren't documented in the same way. Please send any information you have from doctors, nurses, researchers, or papers from PubMed.

Email: ASH@hhs.gov


6Call the DEA
Call 202-307-1000 and ask for Melvin Patterson. Press #4 to share your story.

7. Donate to the American Kratom Association and buy a shirt! 
We must raise an unprecedented amount of money to pay for our legal team, a public relations firm, lobbyists, scientists and more, but we also must raise money to keep our organization running if the ban goes into place so that we keep our doors open and work to reverse it. www.americankratom.org/donateor http://www.IAmKratom.com for t-shirts.

 
8Share this AKA Fact Sheet
Share the AKA Fact Sheet: http://www.americankratom.org/aka_fact_sheet


Send these documents/link to journalist, legislators, law enforcement, friends and family so hopefully we can educate everybody including those higher up to better understand where Kratom stands as a medicinal herb.

 

9. Join our Facebook and the #iamkratom photo campaign

Get all the up to the minute news here first  https://www.facebook...eepKratomLegal/

THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION IS NOW! BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!

Letter Template*

*It's important not to copy and paste, please use your own words

 

We need YOUR help to fight the DEA's Intent to Schedule Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine, which would make Kratom (i.e., Mitragyna Speciosa) a controlled substance.  Below is a letter template you can use to write to your Senator, your Congressperson, the Department of Justice, the Attorney General, the Office of Diversion, Drug Enforcement Administration or the (ASH) Acting Secretary for Health.

 

Dear Congressman ______ and Senator ________, etc. OR If writing to a committee member, for example, the House Judiciary Committee, use Honorary Committee Member (committees listed at the bottom)

Find your Senator: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

 

Find your Representative:  http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

 

My name is ________, I'm a __-year old _________ from _________ and I’m your constituent (when writing your Congressman and Senator).

 

I'd like to voice my opposition to the DEA’s Intent to Schedule the alkaloids Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine, which would make Kratom (Mitragynaspeciosa), a schedule 1 controlled substance with no medicinal value. This would put kratom, a plant helping millions of people suffering chronic and acute mental and physical conditions that is also safely easing the nation's opiate epidemic problem naturally, on the same level as illegal drugs like heroin. It would also prevent further research which, to date, has shown kratom to be an effective painkiller that does not cause respiratory depression; the main cause of death from opiate overdose.

 

-How you came to use kratom….. (did you learn about it in a chronic pain support group, etc?)

 

-What ailments you suffer, what treatments haven't worked (prescriptions, surgery, etc.), how long you've been dealing with your condition, how long you've been using kratom and how many/what medications you've been able to quit.

 

-What kratom means to you (has it given you your life back, have you gone back to work, can you play with your, exercise or travel, etc., something anecdotal about why kratom is important and should be available).

 

-Conclusion: Kratom is a safe alternative to pharmaceutical drugs with important medicinal uses and has changed my life. I’m asking you to please contact the DEA. Please send a letter or request an oversight hearing asking to delay this emergency action. I fear this action by the DEA will only lead to more tragic deaths of victims of the opiate epidemic, maybe even my own (if you think this may lead to a replace and illicit drug use). I know that my own quality of life as a productive member of society will not be the same without kratom.

If you have questions about kratom, please visit www.americankratom.org. Thank you for your time and service to the state.

Sincerely,

 

--- Include your name, address and phone number.

Please be professional and polite, keeping it as short as possible.

 

These are all the committees that have jurisdiction over the DEA. House and Senate Judiciary being most important. Message all members!

House Judiciary  https://judiciary.house.gov/ subcommittee/full-committee/

 

Senate Judiciary  https://www.judiciary.senate. gov/about/members

 

House Energy and Commerce  https://energycommerce.house. gov/about-ec/energy-commerce- committee-members

 

House Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee http://appropriations.house. gov/about/members/ commercejusticescience.htm

 

Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommitteehttp://www.appropriations. senate.gov/subcommittees/ commerce-justice-science-and- related-agencies

 

House Oversight and Gov’t Reform Committee https://oversight.house.gov/ subcommittee/full-committee/

 

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/about

 

U.S. Department of Justice https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20530-0001

•Department Comment Line: 202-353-1555

•Department of Justice Main Switchboard: 202-514-2000

 

Peter J. Kadzik

Assistant Attorney General

Office of Legislative Affairs ph: 202-514-2141

Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison ph: 202-514-3465

 

Michael J Lewis,

Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration

8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22152; ph: 202-598–6812.

 

Also please contact the assistant secretary of

HHS, Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc

Acting Assistant Secretary for Health

ASH@hhsgov ph: 202-690-7694

 

Jim Esquea

Assistant Secretary for Legislation (ASL) ph: 202-690-7627

 

Kevin Griffis

Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA) ph: 202-690-7850

 

Colleen Barros

Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration (ASA)

HHS Office of the Secretary

email: ASH@hhs.gov

  ph: 202-690-7431

You can send a message to the Department of Justice HERE

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 06:04 AM

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Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) moved to ban the popular pain relief supplement kratom by temporarily placing it on the Schedule 1 list, which denotes “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse” – the most restrictive classification under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

A notice of intent to classify kratom was placed on the Federal Register on August 31, with plans to temporarily categorize the supplement as a Schedule I substance on September 30, according to a filing by the DEA:

Notice of Intent

The Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration is issuing this notice of intent to temporarily schedule the opioids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, which are the main active constituents of the plant kratom, into schedule I pursuant to the temporary scheduling provisions of the Controlled Substances Act. This action is based on a finding by the Administrator that the placement of these opioids into schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act is necessary to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety. Any final order will impose the administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions and regulatory controls applicable to schedule I controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act on the manufacture, distribution, possession, importation, and exportation of, and research and conduct of instructional activities of these opioids.

One of the major problems with this contention is the fact that Kratom is used by many people suffering from opioid addiction to successfully recover from severe physical and psychological dependence on pharmaceutical opioids, such as Oxycontin, and heroin.

According to a report by David Kroll in Forbes:

Various forms of kratom and teas made from the plant’s leaves are sold in cafes and on the internet. Their primary effect is to provide a short-lived peaceful and calm feeling that is described as pleasant. Consistent with this effect being opioid-like, anecdotal reports indicate that some users have used kratom to successfully recover from physical and psychological dependence on prescription opioids and heroin. Comments on my last report on kratom have also indicated the successful use of teas made from the plant in managing chronic pain without the side effects and addictive potential of prescription opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine.

The DEA seems to be clearly ignoring the latest in scientific literature. In just the last two months, peer-reviewed research has revealed that kratom could potentially be a much safer alternative to deadly prescription opioids.

The latest research indicates that the main component of the herb, the alkaloid mitragynine, and its metabolite and oxidation product, 7-hydroxymitragynine, produce an effect on certain opioid receptors separate from many of the mechanisms that precipitate many opioid side effects.

Forbes reports:

As far as the DEA is concerned, the fact that people in other countries have used kratom for centuries to ease pain, boost work performance, and wean themselves from opiate addiction counts for nothing. All the DEA needs to know is that our shores have been invaded by a foreign drug that is increasingly popular among Americans as a home remedy and recreational intoxicant. From the DEA’s perspective, that is intolerable, regardless of the drug’s hazards or benefits.

Although the CDC reported in July that kratom can be abused and that poison control centers have received over 660 calls between 2010 and 2015 regarding kratom intoxication, these numbers pale in comparison to the extreme death that follows prescription opioids, which are the leading cause of drug death in the United States.

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014.

Recently the state of North Carolina decided not to restrict or criminalize the sale and use of kratom and chose to simply put an 18+ age restriction on the supplement due to the numerous testimonials regarding the benefits of kratom tea and its therapeutic qualities.

These moves by the DEA must be seen for what they truly are – an attempt by the federal government to protect the big pharma industry. Kratom, a plant, could drastically cut into the financial bottom line of the opioid death peddlers. However, the federal government instead works to protect the big pharma industry by outlawing the substance in such a way that even studying it would become a criminal act.

There is no question that kratom has medicinal uses as the National Institute of Health has noted on its website. The DEA’s ignorant stance, which blatantly ignores the latest scientific research, reveals an agenda at play that has little if anything to do with keeping people safe, and everything to do with protecting drug makers.

Please share this article to wake other people up to the fact that the DEA is only operating as the guardians of the big pharma monopoly!

Read more at http://thefreethough...L5tz4TT6QKcP.99



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Posted 04 September 2016 - 06:16 AM

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/20590358 

 

Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2010;11 Suppl 1:97-101.
Pain relief is a human right.
Abstract

For centuries, medical and surgical treatment has emphasized saving the life of the patient rather than ameliorating the patient's pain, particularly when there were few options for the latter. Today at the dawn of the 21st century, the best available evidence indicates a major gap between an increasingly understanding of the pathophysiology of pain and widespread inadequacy of its treatment. Epidemiologic evidence has proven that chronic pain is a widespread public health issue. Studies of cancer patients' pain control consistently reveal that up to half of patients receive inadequate analgesia and 30% do not receive appropriate drugs for their pain. Equally, for patients suffering HIV/AIDS, 60%-100% will experience pain at some stage in their illness. In the developed world, this gap has prompted a series of declarations and actions by national and international bodies advocating better pain control. One response to the worldwide undertreatment of pain has been to promote the concept that pain relief is a public health issue of such critical importance as to constitute an international imperative and fundamental human right. The importance of pain relief as the core of the medical ethic is clear. Pain clinicians promote the status of pain management beyond that of appropriate clinical practice or even an ethic of good medicine. They advocate a paradigm shift in the medical professions' perspective on pain management, from simply good practice to an imperative founded on patient rights. There is a need to promote policies which create conditions where human beings can bear even incurable illnesses and death in a dignified manner. This must help health professionals or lay groups to initiate a powerful agenda to reform local statutes. The essential components of such legislation are: 1. Reasonable pain management is a right. 2. Doctors have a duty to listen to and reasonably respond to a patient's report of pain. 3. Provision of necessary pain relief is immune from potential legal liability. 4. Doctors who are notable or willing to ensure adequate analgesia must refer to a colleague who has this expertise. 5. Pain management must be a compulsory component of continuing medical education. For too long, pain and its management have been prisoners of myth, irrationality, ignorance, and cultural bias. We are confident that the Pain Relief and Palliative Care Working Group under the auspices of the Lebanese Cancer Society is the main promoter of Palliative Care in Lebanon whose main goal is to relieve suffering and improve quality of life of the cancer patients, and advocate pain relief as a human right.


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Posted 05 September 2016 - 12:28 AM

it is interesting how much this parallels cannabis

#15 cristinew

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Posted 05 September 2016 - 11:35 AM

Yes  it just a plant,  They want to ban this  force you off your medical mj and send you to a pain clinic to die,


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Posted 05 September 2016 - 11:35 AM

Reefer Madness to an extreme ,


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Posted 05 September 2016 - 12:40 PM

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Posted 05 September 2016 - 04:29 PM

Republicans fall all over themselves vowing to be the one candidate who will eliminate the most government agencies/departments. I have never heard ONE of them recommend eliminating the DEA. Who's side are they on?

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Posted 05 September 2016 - 04:54 PM

nor the tsa.

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Posted 05 September 2016 - 09:00 PM

Kratom survey

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z7TPP2G


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