Heroin Addiction – The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Friday that Kratom will be classed with heroin, LSD, and marijuana as a Scheduled 1 Drug. Currently Kratom is considered a supplement by the FDA. Beginning September 30th it will be entered into the category with some of the most dangerous drugs on the planet. This ruling will last for the next three years, but could be extended permanently. Heroin Addiction has been a hot topic recently in the media and the FDA is looking to push all substances with abuse potential out from over the counter.
What is Kratom? The kratom tree leaves have been used for centuries as a herbal drug by farmers and laborers. Native to Southeast Asia, the “dietary supplement” is sold over the counter in smoke shops across the nation in powder and pill form. When taken at high dosages, kratom can act as an opioid like sedative, producing effects the dull pain. Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are the main ingredient in Kratom, and are the substances being strictly forbidden on the list of Scheduled 1 Substances. Since 2014, fifteen people have died from the effects of the kratom plant. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that kratom abuse leads to agitation, irritability, tachycardia, nausea, drowsiness, and hypertension. Abusing the plant can lead to hepatotoxicity, psychosis, seizure, weight loss, insomnia, tachycardia, vomiting, poor concentration, hallucinations, and even death.
Some consider it just as a harmless plant. The reasoning behind the change is that kratom has a high potential for abuse. Currently kratom has no accepted medical use in treatment and lacks safety use under no medical supervision. These are the three factors that constitute a Schedule I controlled substance according to the Controlled Substances Act passed by Congress in 1970
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