Kratom Activists Send Tens Of Thousands Of Comments Telling FDA To Oppose Possible International Ban

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Kratom advocates have rallied tens of thousands of people to submit comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that will help inform the U.S. position on how the substance should be classified under international law. In October, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence will discuss whether to recommend that kratom be globally scheduled. While FDA opened a public comment period for input that was set to end on August 9, the American Kratom Association (AKA) successfully sued for an extension that ended this week. With those extra weeks for input, AKA’s online activist portal managed to get more than 63,000 people to share their experiences, scientific literature and recommendations encouraging the U.S. to oppose an international ban. FDA itself has logged about 26,000 comments that were directly sent in through the federal government’s own submission site. Advocates have been skeptical about FDA’s intent with the upcoming committee meeting, with some suspecting that it initially limited the comment period window to minimize activists’ ability to push back against a ban. “The FDA is attacking the right of every American to make their own decisions about their health and well-being, and we have to send a strong message to the WHO to stand up against the unfair treatment of the FDA for any natural product, including kratom,” Mac Haddow, senior fellow on public policy at the AKA, said in a press release. Kratom has been touted as a natural painkiller that works as a safer alternative to prescription opioids, but the U.S. agency doesn’t quite see it that way. “Kratom is abused for its ability to produce opioid-like effects,” FDA wrote in a notice on the comment period last month. “Kratom is available in several different forms to include dried/crushed leaves, powder, capsules, tablets, liquids, and gum/…

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