For several thousand of years, Kratom, a natural stimulant with opioid-like properties, has been a natural painkiller for people in certain parts of Asia. But the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (CEA) is set to implement an emergency Kratom ban beginning October 1.
The drug bureau’s move to place Kratom and its main ingredients in the same category of regulated drugs makes it fall under the same category as LSD and heroin, the Pain News Network reported.
Kratom Ban: Oct 1
Kratom is a natural painkiller extracted from trees grown in most parts of East Asia. The same leaves are boiled, used as tea, or extracted in other means. Over the past decades, it reached the United States and became popular as an alternative to regulated painkillers such as the synthetic heroin.
At its natural form and lowest dosage, Kratom is a stimulant. But as the dosage increases, it acts as a painkiller and mimics opioid-like properties, a report from Merry Jane showed.
In July this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report noting the Kratom situation in the U.S. since its first entry in the country. In the report, the U.S.’ problem with Kratom has been considered an “emerging public health threat.”
In the report, at least 660 calls relating to Kratom exposure have been recorded in the past six years, reaching a peak point in 2015 where it nearly reached to 300 calls. The report, however, showed that only 8 percent of these incidents were deemed life-threatening; one death was reported.
Today, various groups that oppose the government’s move to consider Kratom an illegal drug have been conducting rallies in front of the White House.