#SaveKratom by leaving your positive comments about #Kratom at kratomcomments.org

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Please read and TAKE ACTION to #SAVEKRATOM #IAMKRATOM #KRATOMSAVESLIVES

The clock is ticking. Act NOW to make your voice heard!

Help ensure that Kratom will not become a controlled substance. Any positive experiences, factual research, scientific studies or journals, stories about how this plant has affected your life or the lives of those around you, etc., need to be shared now, more than ever. 

Our community’s voice needs to remain as strong as possible during this crucial period of time. Less than 40 days remain in the open comment period. Join in the movement today! Share this link with your friends, family, customers, and coworkers. 

Three ways to comment:

A Project of the American Kratom Association and the Botanical Education Alliance:

http://www.kratomcomments.org/#/5/

The above link is a little simpler then the DEA’s comment website and is linked to the DEA’s site so your comment will be seen there, or use the DEA’s website link below: 

Click the “Comment Now” tab on link below to make your voice heard (upper right-hand side of page) :

https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DEA-2016-0015-0006

Or If you would prefer to hand-write and mail in your comments, you may do so. Please make sure these are sent in by the middle of November, so that they arrive before the end of the comment period. Address and information is below.
Paper comments: Paper comments that duplicate the electronic submission are not necessary and are discouraged.

Should you wish to mail a paper comment in lieu of an electronic comment, it should be sent via regular or express mail to: Drug Enforcement Administration, Attn: DEA Federal Register Representative/ODW, 8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22152.

Time line:

The comment period is going on right now and ends December 1st 2016.  At the end of the comment period the DEA will review the comments and can choose to act 1 of 3 ways in regard to Kratom. 

The 1st option is that the DEA could leave Kratom alone, which that will mean Kratom will stay legal.

The 2nd option is that the DEA can choose to recommend to Congress to schedule Kratom.  Congress will take over and if they decided to act upon the recommendation it would have to go thru both houses and then the president.  This process could take years.

The 3rd option is that the DEA will issue another notice of intent to schedule Kratom under the Emergency Ban Statue.  This would put us in same place we were at the end of August.  Let’s not let this happen again. If the DEA issues another notice of intent to schedule Kratom then they will again give a 30 day notice and start the process all over again.

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The DEA Blinked! #SAVEKRATOM #KRATOMSAVESLIVES

From the DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE:

 

Last month, you were one of tens of thousands to message Congress about the DEA’s absurd decision to place kratom, a medicinal plant used for millennia in Southeast Asia and currently used by millions in the U.S., on the list of Schedule I substances.
I must admit, even after we sent over 70,000 messages to Congress, and placed thousands of phone calls, I didn’t think the DEA would back down. They never have before.

Finally, in an unprecedented move, the DEA blinked. This morning, the DEAwithdrew its plan to ban kratom from the federal register, and opened up kratom scheduling to public comment through December 1st.

It’s truly remarkable to see the DEA, an agency with a long track record of ignoring both science and public opinion, forced to reconsider their actions.

It was the advocacy of people like you that spurred 51 Representatives and almost a dozen Senators to ask the DEA to postpone its plan to ban kratom.

But the fight isn’t over. We only have until December 1st to submit public comments to the DEA, and if they think the public outcry has died down, they’ll try to place kratom in Schedule I again.

Comments can be submitted through regulations.gov, though as of this afternoon comments have yet to open. Check back soon, and we’ll be sure to email you again once they are.

Thanks for your help in this fight — together we’ve accomplished something unprecedented. If you can, please chip in $25 or more to help us continue dismantling the drug war, one law at a time.

Sincerely,

Grant Smith
Deputy Director, National Affairs
Drug Policy Alliance

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We have WON a Battle to #SAVEKRATOM, But it is NOT Over!!

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The DEA Has Withdrawn It’s Notice of Intent to Ban Kratom For Now.

On August 31, 2016, DEA published in the Federal Register, a notice of its intent to place mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, two substances of the plant Mitragyna speciosa also referred to as kratom, in Schedule I.  Since publishing that notice, the DEA has received a number of comments from members of the public.  Some of the commenters offered their opinions regarding the pharmacological effects of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.  To allow consideration of these comments, as well as others, the DEA has withdrawn its notice of intent to temporarily place Schedule I controls on Kratom and is soliciting public comments until December 1, 2016.

The DEA has also asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expedite its scientific and medical evaluation and scheduling recommendation for these substances, which the DEA previously requested.

With respect to mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, the DEA will consider all public comments received under the above procedures, as well as the FDA’s scientific and medical evaluation and scheduling recommendation for these substances.  Once the DEA has received and considered all of this information, the DEA will decide whether to proceed with scheduling of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine pursuant to the requirements of the Controlled Substances Act.

The DEA’s withdrawal notice and solicitation of comments may be found here:https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/13/2016-24659/schedules-of-controlled-substances-temporary-placement-of-mitragynine-and-7-hydroxymitragynine-into

It looks like it will be published today or tomorrow.
Thank you everyone for there hard work.  We will need to keep on this hard if we plan to win this next stage of keeping Kratom legal.
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Would you look at that. #Kratom might help cure #cancer. There is research in progress. #SAVEKRATOM #KRATOMSAVESLIVES

Antioxidant value and antiproliferative efficacy of mitragynine and a silane reduced analogue.

Goh TB, et al. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2014.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: To investigate the antioxidant value and anticancer functions of mitragynine (MTG) and its silane-reduced analogues (SRM) in vitro.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: MTG and SRM was analyzed for their reducing power ability, ABTS radical inhibition and 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl hydrazylfree radicals scavenging activities. Furthermore, the antiproliferation efficacy was evaluated using MTT assay on K 562 and HCT116 cancer cell lines versus NIH/3T3 and CCD18-Co normal cell lines respectively.

RESULTS: SRM and MTG demonstrate moderate antioxidant value with ABTS assay (Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC): 2.25±0.02 mmol trolox / mmol and 1.96±0.04 mmol trolox / mmol respectively) and DPPH (IC50=3.75±0.04 mg/mL and IC50=2.28±0.02 mg/mL respectively). Both MTG and SRM demonstrate equal potency (IC50=25.20±1.53 and IC50= 22.19±1.06 respectively) towards K 562 cell lines, comparable to control, betulinic acid (BA) (IC5024.40±1.26). Both compounds showed concentration-dependent cytototoxicity effects and exert profound antiproliferative efficacy at concentration > 100 μM towards HCT 116 and K 562 cancer cell lines, comparable to those of BA and 5-FU (5-Fluorouracil). Furthermore, both MTG and SRM exhibit high selectivity towards HCT 116 cell lines with selective indexes of 3.14 and 2.93 respectively compared to 5-FU (SI=0.60).

CONCLUSIONS: These findings revealed that the medicinal and nutitional values of mitragynine obtained from ketum leaves that growth in tropical forest of Southeast Asia and its analogues does not limited to analgesic properties but could be promising antioxidant and anticancer or chemopreventive compounds.

PMID

25081682 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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Please fill out this Quick Research Study on #Kratom to #SAVEKRATOM #IAMKRATOM

Dear Friend,

An independent research survey is being conducted by Dr. Oliver Grundmann at the University of Florida to evaluate the use and health impact of Kratom products in the US. If you are currently or have been using Kratom in the past, you are invited to take this survey. The survey is conducted anonymously and can be accessed by clicking on the following link:https://ufl.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_25E9Tkif35g023j. In case you are not taken to the survey, please copy and paste the link into your internet browser.

Click HERE to donate.

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National CALL TO ACTION to #SAVEKRATOM #KRATOMSAVESLIVES #IAMKRATOM

Here are things you can be doing until we hear details about the public comment period.  In quotes are examples of what to say:

1) KEEP calling the DEA (202) 307-1000

“I am a responsible adult who consumes Kratom to improve my health and well-being and I urge you not to emergency place it into schedule 1, but to go through a rigorous public and scientific comment process instead.”

For Domestic Field Offices nearest you:

Atlanta Division (404) 893-7000
New Jersey Division (973) 776-1100
New England Division (617) 557-2100
New Orleans Division (504) 840-1100
Caribbean Division (787) 277-4700
New York Division (212) 337-3900
Chicago Division (312) 353-7875
Philadelphia Division (215) 861-3474
Dallas Division (214) 366-6900
Phoenix Division (602) 664-5600
Denver Division (720) 895-4040
San Diego Division (858) 616-4100
Detroit Division (313) 234-4000
San Francisco Division (415) 436-7900
El Paso Division (915) 832-6000
Seattle Division (206) 553-5443
Houston Division (713) 693-3000
St. Louis Division (314) 538-4600
Los Angeles Division (213) 621-6700
Washington, DC Division (202) 305-8500
Miami Division (954) 660-4500

2) KEEP calling and e-mailing your congressperson and Senator (202) 224-3121. Press #1 for Senate and #2 for House. BUT! Please make sure you also call your local district office sin ce Congress is now in recess.

For e-mails – Find your Rep – here http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

And your Senator here – http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Send copies of the letters (all in the files here). If they signed on to any of the letters, tell them thank you and ask if they could personally follow-up by calling the DEA directly for a response. If they didn’t sign any of the letters ask if they would be willing to send one of their own (if they have questions you can’t answer, let us know in this thread which we’ll keep bumped and we’ll have AKA or our lobbyists follow up).

3) Find out where your Congress people are going to be for public events, town halls, election events, etc. (because they are in your state campaigning right now) and SHOW UP dressed professionally (or looking sharp in one of the many #iamkratom shirts out there – no signs, these types of events don’t usually allow anyone to bring signs). Take copies of the 4 congressional letters to try and hand to them. Be prepared to ask a question about Kratom publicly or face-to-face before or after the event.

“There is a move right now by the DEA to emergency schedule Kratom, a botanical used safely throughout the world for hundreds of years to improve health and well-being, as a schedule 1 controlled substance; the most restrictive category claiming no medicinal value. Kratom helped give me my life back and is saving the lives of tens of thousands throughout the U.S. during an opioid epidemic. What’s your take on the DEA trying to schedule a plant and turn me into a felon, further mucking up our already overtaxed criminal justice system, for using something that’s drastically improved my life and the lives of hundreds of thousands of others?”

4) Start drafting what you would like to submit during the comment period. We will try and come up with some template letters.

 

KEEP calling and e-mailing your congressperson and Senator (202) 224-3121. Press #1 for Senate and #2 for House. BUT! Please make sure you also call your local district office since Congress is now in recess

For e-mails – Find your Rep – here http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

And your Senator here – http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Send copies of the letters (all in the files here). If they signed on to any of the letters, tell them thank you and ask if they could personally follow-up by calling the DEA directly for a response. If they didn’t sign any of the letters ask if they would be willing to send one of their own (if they have questions you can’t answer, let us know in this thread which we’ll keep bumped and we’ll have AKA or our lobbyists follow up).

3) Find out where your Congress people are going to be for public events, town halls, election events, etc. (because they are in your state campaigning right now) and SHOW UP dressed professionally (or looking sharp in one of the many#iamkratom shirts out there – no signs, these types of events don’t usually allow anyone to bring signs). Take copies of the 4 congressional letters to try and hand to them. Be prepared to ask a question about Kratom publicly or face-to-face before or after the event.

“There is a move right now by the DEA to emergency schedule Kratom, a botanical used safely for hundreds of years to improve health and well-being, as a schedule 1 controlled substance; the most restrictive category claiming no medicinal value. Kratom helped give me my life back and is saving the lives of tens of thousands throughout the U.S. during an opioid epidemic. What’s your take on the DEA trying to schedule a plant and turn me into a felon, further mucking up our already overtaxed criminal justice system for using something that’s drastically improved my life and the lives of hundreds of thousands of others?”

Email the Assistant Secretary of Health
E-mail Karen B. DeSalvo, the Assistant Secretary of Health. E-mails and letters must be documented by all federal agencies for proof, phone calls are effective, but aren’t documented in the same way. Please send any information you have from doctors, nurses, researchers, or papers from PubMed.

Email: ASH@hhs.gov

Donate to the American Kratom Association and buy a shirt!
We must raise an unprecedented amount of money to pay for our legal team, a public relations firm, lobbyists, scientists and more, but we also must raise money to keep our organization running if the ban goes into place so that we keep our doors open and work to reverse it.https://americankratomassociation.nationbuilder.com/donate  or  http://www.iamkratom.com/ for t-shirts.  Click on AKA Fashions as we have more options available.
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Send these documents/link to journalist, legislators, law enforcement, friends and family so hopefully we can educate everybody including those higher up to better understand where Kratom stands as a medicinal herb.

 

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Letter Template*

*It’s important not to copy and paste, please use your own words

We need YOUR help to fight the DEA’s Intent to Schedule Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine, which would make Kratom (i.e., Mitragyna Speciosa) a controlled substance.  Below is a letter template you can use to write to your Senator, your Congressperson, the Department of Justice, the Attorney General, the Office of Diversion, Drug Enforcement Administration or the (ASH) Acting Secretary for Health.

 

Dear Congressman ______ and Senator ________, etc. OR If writing to a committee member, for example, the House Judiciary Committee, use Honorary Committee Member (committees listed at the bottom)

Find your Senator: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Find your Representative:  http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

 

My name is ________, I’m a __-year old _________ from _________ and I’m your constituent (when writing your Congressman and Senator).

 

I’d like to voice my opposition to the DEA’s Intent to Schedule the alkaloids Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine, which would make Kratom (Mitragynaspeciosa), a schedule 1 controlled substance with no medicinal value. This would put kratom, a plant helping millions of people suffering chronic and acute mental and physical conditions that is also safely easing the nation’s opiate epidemic problem naturally, on the same level as illegal drugs like heroin. It would also prevent further research which, to date, has shown kratom to be an effective painkiller that does not cause respiratory depression; the main cause of death from opiate overdose.

-How you came to use kratom….. (did you learn about it in a chronic pain support group, etc?)

-What ailments you suffer, what treatments haven’t worked (prescriptions, surgery, etc.), how long you’ve been dealing with your condition, how long you’ve been using kratom and how many/what medications you’ve been able to quit.

-What kratom means to you (has it given you your life back, have you gone back to work, can you play with your, exercise or travel, etc., something anecdotal about why kratom is important and should be available).

-Conclusion: Kratom is a safe alternative to pharmaceutical drugs with important medicinal uses and has changed my life. I’m asking you to please contact the DEA. Please send a letter or request an oversight hearing asking to delay this emergency action. I fear this action by the DEA will only lead to more tragic deaths of victims of the opiate epidemic, maybe even my own (if you think this may lead to a replace and illicit drug use). I know that my own quality of life as a productive member of society will not be the same without kratom.

If you have questions about kratom, please visit www.americankratom.org. Thank you for your time and service to the state.

Sincerely,

— Include your name, address and phone number.

Please be professional and polite, keeping it as short as possible.

 

These are all the committees that have jurisdiction over the DEA. House and Senate Judiciary being most important. Message all members!

House Judiciary  https://judiciary.house.gov/ subcommittee/full-committee/

 

Senate Judiciary  https://www.judiciary.senate. gov/about/members

 

House Energy and Commerce  https://energycommerce.house. gov/about-ec/energy-commerce- committee-members

 

House Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommitteehttp://appropriations.house. gov/about/members/ commercejusticescience.htm

 

Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommitteehttp://www.appropriations. senate.gov/subcommittees/ commerce-justice-science-and- related-agencies

 

House Oversight and Gov’t Reform Committee https://oversight.house.gov/ subcommittee/full-committee/

 

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committeehttps://www.hsgac.senate.gov/about

 

U.S. Department of Justice https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20530-0001

•Department Comment Line: 202-353-1555

•Department of Justice Main Switchboard: 202-514-2000

 

Peter J. Kadzik

Assistant Attorney General

Office of Legislative Affairs ph: 202-514-2141

Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison ph: 202-514-3465

 

You can send a message to the Department of Justice HERE

 

Michael J Lewis,

Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration

8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22152; ph: 202-598–6812.

 

Also please contact the assistant secretary of

HHS, Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc

Acting Assistant Secretary for Health

ASH@hhsgov ph: 202-690-7694

 

Jim Esquea

Assistant Secretary for Legislation (ASL) ph: 202-690-7627

 

Kevin Griffis

Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA) ph: 202-690-7850

 

Colleen Barros

Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration (ASA)

HHS Office of the Secretary

email: ASH@hhs.gov

ph: 202-690-7431

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