Written By Kami Ann Davis 🌹🍃
Below you will find important information presented by Mac Haddow, Senior Fellow on Public Policy for the American Kratom Association and The Department of Health and Human Services, regarding the attempted ban of Kratom, in 2016.
The FDA submitted a request to ban Kratom twice. Once, in 2016 and a second time in October of 2017. Both times, HHS <<<Health and Human Services>>> denied them stating that they didn’t have adequate science and information to support or justify the scheduling/ban of Kratom. Also, Heath and Human Services expressed their reasoning, due to the importance of further studying Kratom, for scientific research.
It’s obvious that HHS wants to study this plant and/or supports further research. Finally, the FDA’S true colors are showing. They DELIBERATELY omitted the truth from the public, painting Kratom to be this poisonous or harmful substance, that needed to be banned from all Americans. They BLATANTLY DISREGARDED the letter in which the Department of Health and Human Services sent to them, to NOT BAN Kratom.
Now, let’s read between the lines people. By HHS believing in the further study of Kratom, it means this plant has value and may be helping people, NOT HURTING THEM. It also means that they want to follow the science. THIS is good news, because the SCIENCE is on OUR SIDE. The science is what I put in this blog, on repeat. As Dr. Jack Henningfield eloquently puts it, ‘We’re all on the same page now’. It’s DEFINITELY a step in the right direction and speaks VOLUMES. It speaks TRUTH, and the TRUTH is that Kratom, Mitragyna Speciosa is SAVING people’s LIVES, NOT destroying them.
Mac Haddow, Senior Fellow on Public Policy for the American Kratom Association states, “Public health policy makers, state legislators, county commissioners, city councilmen, law enforcement groups, medical examiners and coroners, researchers and substance addiction specialists have all been misled into supporting an FDA narrative on kratom tied directly to the claims that kratom should be banned and that scheduling was imminent,”.
Therefore, all you Kratom haters may want to re-think your stance and ask yourself if you really have a legitimate justification and valid reason as to why you condemn it, across the board. Like I always say, don’t dismiss the millions of people in this country alone (literally), who are benefiting from Kratom and getting their lives back, due to a minority who cannot take it.
Below, is the AKA’s press conference with Congressman Mark Pocan (WI) and the letter from HHS to rescind the scheduling of Kratom.
The link to the original article regarding the AKA and ‘outing’ of the FDA is coming up as broken or ‘does not exist’ so below I’ve posted a copy.
American Kratom Association: HHS Rescinds Scheduling Recommendation For Kratom But FDA Failed To Notify The Public For 2 ½ Years
HHS cites significant risk of immediate adverse public health consequences to potentially millions of users if kratom or its components are included in Schedule I
Jan 28, 2021, 17:27 ET
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Congressman Mark Pocan (WI) and Congressman Morgan Griffith, in exercising their oversight responsibilities over the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), discovered that on August 16, 2018 HHS had rescinded the request for the kratom to be classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
In the HHS letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) HHS recommended that “mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine not be controlled at this time, either temporarily or permanently, until scientific research can sufficiently support such an action.” The FDA had made a recommendation for scheduling of kratom on August 31, 2016 that was subsequently withdrawn by the DEA on October 13, 2016 for insufficiency of evidence to support the scheduling under the CSA, and FDA submitted its second recommendation on October 17, 2017 that has been withdrawn by HHS because the scientific research did not justify the scheduling.
HHS concluded that “there is a significant risk of immediate adverse public health consequences to potentially millions of users if kratom or its components are included in Schedule I.” The HHS letter outlined 5 specific criteria for “further analysis and public input regarding kratom” before any scheduling should be undertaken. Since the issuance of the recission letter, additional compelling research has further undermined the FDA’s claims on the safety and abuse potential for kratom.
“Despite this formal action by HHS, the FDA has failed to make this action public and continued to allow the public; policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels; and the media to believe its recommendation for schedule kratom was actively being considered by DEA despite the fact the science did not support that action,” stated Mac Haddow, Senior Fellow on Public Policy for the American Kratom Assocation (AKA). “The FDA abandoned its mandate to protect the public health and instead stood silent for more than 2 ½ years while the opioid overdose crisis deepened, particulary in the midst of the spike in overdose deaths related on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all while HHS had concluded kratom could have helped those using highly lethal opioids.”
To view the referenced letter and other supporting documents, click on the following link: https://americankratom.org/pr-documents
The American Kratom Association (AKA), a consumer-based non-profit organization, focuses on setting the record straight about kratom and gives a voice to those who are suffering by protecting their rights to possess and consume safe and natural kratom. AKA represents millions of Americans, each of whom has a unique story to tell about the virtues of kratom and its positive effects on their lives. www.americankratom.org
SOURCE American Kratom Association
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