The War on You: Why Kill Kratom? is a documentary on kratom (mitragena speciosa) the powerful Indonesian herb that eases pain, lifts mood and can get people off of opiates without withdrawals. The DEA wanted to ban it without cause in 2016. There is no verified evidence about any ill effects from Kratom alone. It can be an essential and powerful medication for those in chronic pain, and banning Kratom will drastically worsen the lives of those who use it instead of opiates, and will send them back to a dependence on street drugs.
WASHINGTON, DC – July 30, 2018 – the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) affirmed that,“Kratom by itself is not associated with fatal overdose,” explaining that only when the natural ingredient is contaminated or “laced with other compounds” has it been associated with deaths.
NIDA’s position clarifies and corrects an earlier statement by former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
The FDA is now fighting NIDA on language and seeks to overturn its decision to post this.
In 2019, after effective science-based push back from the American Kratom Association, (AKA) the FDA has moved from national ban, to attempting bans on a state level. This has succeeded in five states, with other local districts considering a similar ban. The State Department is also pressuring Indonesia to ban the growing of Kratom. Interesting note--enormous parts of GDP of Kratom growing countries depend on opium poppies and heroin. Kratom directly undermines the use of opiates, mitigating or elimininating withdrawal symptoms. They may be very susceptible to Washington pressure. IF the DEA were the slightest bit interested in public health, they would ban acetaminophen (tylenol) which is now responsible for about 465 deaths per year.
Everyone knows someone in pain. Watch the documentary and learn more about kratom and what it might do to help the people you love. We are not affiliated, but check out americankratomassociation.org