URGENT CALL TO ACTION: Sign the Petition to #KeepKratomLegal #KratomSavesLives #IamKratom

URGENT CALL TO ACTION:Sign the Petition to Keep Kratom Legal

and Submit Your Comments to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy

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Dear Kratom Warriors:As many of you know, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy is considering a ban that would criminalize kratom.  We have a short window to make our final push with the comment period closing tomorrow.

If you have not done so already, we are asking that you do two things to help us send a clear message to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy that they need to keep kratom legal:

1. SIGN THE PETITION THAT WE WILL BE DELIVERING TO THE BOARD OF PHARMACY

  • Please take a minute and CO-SIGN THE PETITION that we will be sending to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy requesting they rescind their resolution on the proposed classification of kratom as a Schedule I controlled substance.

 

2. SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS TO THE OHIO BOARD OF PHARMACY ON WHY KRATOM SHOULD REMAIN LEGAL

  • Please CLICK HERE to write an email to the Board and share your story about kratom
  • As always, please be respectful and to the point
  • If you are an Ohio resident, please identify yourself as such.  While it’s important for them to hear from everyone, the emails from Ohio residents will carry extra significance
  • Share with them your personal story about how kratom has helped you or a loved one
  • If you don’t feel comfortable sharing a personal story, just ask them to “Follow the science on kratom and to please keep it legal”

 

I know that this is a lot to ask, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE A FINAL PUSH.

What happens in Ohio will reverberate across the country.

Thank you for your support and willingness to help in the fight to protect kratom.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Herman

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GOOD NEWS! #SITSA Was STOPPED from Passing! A WIN to #SaveKratom #KeepKratomLegal because #KratomSavesLives #FollowtheScience #KratomChangesLives #KratomWarrior

From the Chairman of the AKA:

 

Dear Kratom Warriors,

Our lobbyist just called, so I wanted to share with you the great news….because of your outreach over the last few days, the Senate has stood firm and decided that SITSA WILL NOT be added to the other opioid legislation.  

I have been truly humbled as I’ve seen the outpouring of action from the kratom community.  With thousands of emails and phone calls flooding Capitol Hill, you sent a loud message to lawmakers that they needed to oppose SITSA – and your voices were heard.

Earlier this evening I spoke with a staff member on the Hill who commented that they were shocked how many people reached out to the Senate about kratom.

His exact words, “the kratom folks sure know how to fight.”

He’s absolutely right.

While this is a very positive development in the fight to protect kratom, we cannot lose focus that enemies of kratom still want it banned.  We must keep up the pressure and let lawmakers know we will not give up.

From the whole team at the American Kratom Association, I want to personally thank you for your swift action in helping defeat the inclusion of SITSA….today has been a good day in the fight to protect kratom.

Sincerely,

Dave Herman

Chairman

American Kratom Association

 

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**IMPORTANT to #SaveKratom Please CALL your Senators….Easy Link to Get Phone #’s In Post #KratomSavesLives #IamKratom

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Dear Kratom Warriors,

As many of you know, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte is demanding the U.S. Senate put SITSA back into the Senate Substitute H.R. 6, that passed on a vote of 99-1 in the U.S. Senate.  Chairman Goodlatte is reportedly holding final passage of the opioid bill hostage UNLESS the Senate is willing to add the provisions of the SITSA bill back into H.R. 6 as it was passed by the House.

Just a few days ago, when hearing this news, we asked kratom supporters to email their Senators to ask them to oppose the SITSA provisions in the House version of H.R 6.

You responded with flooding Capitol Hill inboxes with over 13,000 emails!

Now it’s critical that we build on that momentum by calling each Senator directly.

CLICK ON THE LINK provided to call your U.S. Senators and let them (or their staff) know that you want them to oppose the inclusion of SITSA.

This is the next step in getting the attention of the Senate.

Please take a few minutes right now and click on the link to call you Senator.

TALKING POINTS FOR PHONE CALL:

– Identify yourself as a constituent of your Senator and tell them the city where you live (the staff may ask for your zip code)

– Explain to the staff that you are calling to let the Senator know that you are opposed to SITSA Bill (Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act) because, without an amendment excluding kratom, SITSA will give the Attorney General unfettered power to ban kratom without having to rely on any science.

– Tell the staff the House is demanding SITSA be put back into H.R. 6 that was passed by the Senate without any Senate Hearing or input.  Tell them you are strongly opposed to that demand from the House.

– Tell the staffer that kratom has helped you (or someone you know) improve their overall health and well-being

– Ask them to go to http://www.americankratom.org for more information.

– Thank the staffer and the Senator for their service

 

Sincerely,

American Kratom Association

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An IMPORTANT/URGENT Message from the American Kratom Association to #SaveKratom! TAKE ACTION NOW. #KratomSavesLives #IamKratom #TeamAKA

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL YOUR SENATORS
 

Dear Kratom Warriors,

We need your help today!

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte is demanding the U.S. Senate put SITSA back into the Senate Substitute H.R. 6, that passed on a vote of 99-1 in the U.S. Senate.  Chairman Goodlatte is reportedly holding final passage of the opioid bill hostage UNLESS the Senate is willing to add the provisions of the SITSA bill back into H.R. 6 as it was passed by the House.

Senate Substitute H.R. 6 represents a legislative package that will dramatically change the landscape in the battle against opioid addiction in America.  The Senate Substitute recognized those parts of the House version of the opioid legislative package that were non-controversial and that need to be implemented as quickly as possible.
But the SITSA provisions in the House version of H.R. 6 are highly controversial, and the U.S. Senate must hold hearings and consider needed amendments to ensure a host of unintended and potentially harmful provisions are not part of a final opioid bill.
The American Kratom Association asks you to contact your Senators to urge the U.S. Senate to stand firm and not cave in to the House demands to include SITSA in H.R 6.

The House-passed version of SITSA would grant unprecedented powers to the Attorney General that would completely bypass regular rulemaking in the scheduling of substances that are safely used by millions of Americans, rather than the dangerous street concoctions of dangerous chemicals and synthetic analogues of them that SITSA should address.

The Senate needs to carefully consider needed amendments to ensure that new powers granted to the Attorney General are limited only to the areas where new synthetic chemical compounds are flooding our communities with truly dangerous street drugs.

The House is now demanding the Senate yield to SITSA to include it in H.R. 6 without conducting its own Hearings to determine if the new powers to ban substances and impose extraordinarily harsh penalties with no oversight or consideration of the scientific evidence on the safety or addiction profile of botanical substances like kratom.

CLICK ON LINKS WITHIN THIS EMAIL to send your message immediately to your Senators to raise your objections to the demands being made by the House to include SITSA in H.R. 6, and the impact that it will have on the freedom millions of Americans currently have to safely and responsibly use kratom.

 

Sincerely,

American Kratom Association

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Why the FDA Wants to Keep Us Sick, Broke, and Ignorant About #Kratom #IamKratom #KratomSavesLives #SaveKratom

Why would the people of Southeast Asia use kratom for thousands of years if it was known to predictably create health problems for them? Answer: They wouldn’t!

In the medical records from Malaysia and Thailand from the past two hundred years, there are no recorded deaths. “Why not?” is the question we should be asking ourselves. What are Americans and a few Europeans doing that could cause deaths that have been falsely blamedon kratom when there were multiple other drugs or pre-existing conditions involved? Hint: It wasn’t the kratom.

The FDA doesn’t want to admit that many of these other substances, many of which they approved as safe, may have had anything to do with the deaths — they don’t even want to blame the heroin or O-desmethyl-tramadol — they’d rather blame kratom, which inherently is about as dangerous as green tea when used by smart people who know what they’re doing.

No, this whole charade is about scaring reasonable people away from using this plant because it interferes with Americans’ dependence on problematic pharmaceuticals. And there’s no money for the FDA in letting this very helpful plant stay on the market.

It doesn’t matter that common sense and long experience has shown us that prohibition of substances causes worse problems. The FDA would rather avoid the work of inspecting the product to assure that it is sanitary, not adulterated, and properly labeled.

Of the relatively few problems the CDC has reported as due to kratom, most can be explained by the FDA’s portrayal of the herb as an attractive target for those intent on abusing something, anything.

The public deserves better information. Why not tell them the truth? Kratom has a built-in mechanism for resisting abuse and over-use, very similar to that of alcohol — our body rejects it by vigorous vomiting. As with alcohol, moderate use can be supportive of our sense of wellbeing, but it’s wise not to complicate things by also taking other drugs.

Unlike alcohol, kratom by itself is not fatal when consumed in excess. The FDA’s claim of kratom-caused fatalities is simply not backed up by research.

Millions of our citizens — some of them are medical professionals — are finding unique relief from this plant when used responsibly. Why should they be threatened with prison when all that is needed is scientific, factual information on the part of federal agencies and working with the kratom industry to prevent contamination, adulteration and improper medical claims?

Let’s not repeat the social disruption & expense created by criminalization of other useful botanicals with thousands of years of safe human use. Keep kratom legal.

Revealing Health Deceptions That Are Making American Sicker for Profit

There are so many fairy tales that are firmly embedded in U.S. culture, that it’s hard to know which to choose to dispel. Today, let’s stick to our general topic of health and a couple of recent findings of why it has declined so much in the past 30+ years.

To keep this especially relevant for those who are pre-diabetic and diabetic, we have this article about how “Splenda”, aka sucralose — which has been promoted as being inert, not metabolized by our body, “just passes right through us”, and helps us lose weight — happens, upon scientific inspection, to be found to be none of those things.

And, the other is the lock-step regimented assertion that, “vaccines are safe, necessary to prevent diseases, and the science is settled.” That commercial fairy tale is strongly brought under the harsh light of reality, HERE.

The point I’d like to make is less obvious than the toxic additives that we are invited to ingest in the false hope of keeping us thin and “disease-free”, though keeping our body free of toxins is also critical. The real “elephant in the room” that modern allopathic medicine wants to keep us from noticing is the importance of the diminished presence of essential nutrients in our food, caused by modern farming practices — especially the use of glyphosate applied heavily to our croplands, which — besides being carcinogenic — reduces mineral uptake significantly in crops grown on already-depleted soils.

Nevertheless, most doctors downplay supplementation as “unnecessary”. But, the truth is much different for those scientists who actually study what our body needs vs. what is available in our food supply.

Those farmers and ranchers who raise animals know this and regularly supplement their animals’ food while they are in the womb and in early growth stages. They wouldn’t spend the money on supplements if the didn’t know they produce positive results. And yet, we humans are told “eat a well-balanced diet”, while ignoring the fact that plants can look healthywithout containing nearly enough of the essential minerals our body must have to keep us healthy.

If you’re serious about strengthening your immunity to disease, you must not only eliminate the toxins as much as possible, but also supplement with the proper forms of essential nutrients known to be necessary for supporting health. When I found the one doctor who understood this from the soil on up, my health improved remarkably. No colds in 5+ years, no flu.

This you may find boring, but it is important — but the pharmaceutical makers don’t want you to think about how unnecessary their products are, in general. You deserve to know and hopefully consider this.

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SAFETY OF UNADULTERATED #KRATOM AFFIRMED BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DRUG ABUSE (NIDA) #KRATOMSAVESLIVES #IAMKRATOM #KEEPKRATOMLEGAL

WASHINGTON, DC – July 30, 2018 – In a recent update of its official position on the botanical kratom, 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 FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb that kratom has been associated with 44 deaths—sufficient, in his opinion, to justify placing the botanical on the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) schedule that would prohibit kratom’s distribution and use, even in its pure form.

“NIDA’s position does not come as a surprise,” said Dave Herman, Chairman of the American Kratom Association (AKA), which is committed to protecting the rights of consumers who use kratom safely and successfully.  “The data used by the FDA to make its original claim are clear that the adverse reactions were caused by adulterated or contaminated kratom, polydrug use, or unrelated underlying health conditions of the decedent.  NIDA’s statement is consistent with these findings, and we call upon the two agencies to work together to remove the FDA’s scheduling recommendation for pure kratom and focus on protecting the rights of Americans who rely on it by removing adulterated and dangerous counterfeit products from the market.”

The FDA and NIDA have a long-standing formal agreement that both agencies must concur on scheduling recommendations submitted to the DEA.  “In extrapolating the data to a faulty conclusion—in an effort to place kratom on the DEA’s schedule—the FDA’s logic would require the prohibition of caffeine and even coffee because someone laced that drug with fen-phen or any other contaminant.  In fact, it could be applied to anything, even broccoli, once it has been contaminated with a dangerous substance.”

NIDA’s position clarifies that natural kratom does not present a public health risk, and the FDA already has statutory authority to seize all dangerous adulterated and counterfeit products.  “The American Kratom Association joins the millions of consumers who safely use kratom, as well as the healthcare professionals and government leaders who support kratom in its pure form, in calling upon the FDA to follow the science, to allow consumer access to the natural botanical, and to use its efforts and energy to go after those who lace it illegally,” said Herman.  “We respectfully request that acting DEA Administrator Uttam Dhillon formally reject the FDA recommendation for the scheduling of kratom and return it to the FDA for immediate regulatory action against adulterated counterfeit kratom products.  This may require a little more effort on behalf of the FDA, but it is consistent with the science.  It is the right thing to do.  And it will put to an end the threat of criminalizing millions of Americans who rely on kratom for their health and well-being.”

The AKA announced its recommended standards for kratom manufacturers and vendors on July 18, 2018 to promote self-regulation in the kratom industry so that consumers could identify vendors who comply with FDA good manufacturing processes.

ABOUT AKA

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 tens of thousands of Americans, each of whom has a unique story to tell about the virtues of kratom and its positive effects on their lives. http://www.americankratom.org

MEDIA CONTACT 

Benjamin May, 202-413-0119 — bmay@policyimpact.com

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Sign the Petition Today to Keep #Kratom Legal #KratomSaveLives #FollowTheScience #TeamAKA #KeepKratomLegal

SIGN THE PETITION
Dear Kratom Warriors,

The fight to keep kratom legal is getting more and more intense and once again, we need your help to send a loud message to the folks at the DEA and on Capitol Hill.

Please click on the link within this email to sign the petition requesting that DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon immediately return the 8-Factor Analysis submitted by the FDA and reject their recommendation to schedule kratom as a Schedule 1 substance.

With almost constant rumors and threats of an imminent Scheduling, it’s critical that we all stand with one loud voice and declare that we won’t back down.

They need to stop the War on Kratom.

We need to make it clear that we will not be silent and that we will continue to keep up the pressure.

Help us surpass our goal of 40,000 signatures on this petition.  Please share this email with friends, family, or anyone who believes we should keep our rights to make our own decisions about our health and well-being.

Together we can win this fight!

 

PETITION TO ACTING DEA ADMINISTRATOR DHILLON:

Acting Administrator Dhillon:
As one of nearly 5 million kratom users in the United States, the undersigned each respectfully requests that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) immediately return the 8-Factor Analysis submitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and reject their recommendation to schedule kratom as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The cloud over kratom needs to be removed immediately.

We ask the DEA to Follow the Science to protect access to kratom by those Americans who exercise their freedoms to safely use kratom as a part of their personal health and well-being regimen. The claims of deaths “associated with the use of kratom” made by the FDA have been discredited and now requires a complete reanalysis of actual risks that may exist for the use of kratom.

The DEA cannot allow the FDA to recommend scheduling of the natural plant kratom with shoddy evidence that demonstrates only that kratom products are potentially harmful when they are contaminated or adulterated with other dangerous substances, or the active alkaloids in kratom are concentrated or refined to dangerous levels.

The FDA’s claims that kratom use is a gateway to the use of opioids, or the contributor for addiction to opioids, has no credible science to support that claim.  In fact, the science and survey data on kratom use by those who use kratom as a safe alternative pain management option directly contradicts the FDA’s claims. The FDA should be required to provide real evidence, not opinion, speculation, or unsupported guesses.

We urge the DEA to Follow the Science.
Respectfully submitted,

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