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From the AKA:

Ask Your Representative to Support the Pocan/LoBiondo Letter To Make Sure the DEA Reviews the Science on Kratom

Kratom Warriors:

I know that everyone is busy preparing for the holidays, but I am writing because we need your help TODAY.

The DEA is preparing to publish its Notice to Schedule Kratom that will make every kratom user a criminal.

Make no mistake, that threat is real.

I am asking you to pick up the phone and call your member of Congress and ask them to sign onto the Pocan/LoBiondo letter; telling the DEA to follow the science, not the directive from the FDA to ban kratom.

YOU CAN VIEW THE LETTER HERE

Last year, more than 51 members of the House of Representatives cosigned a letter to the DEA.  That letter made a huge difference.

We now have a chance to stop the Notice to Schedule Kratom in its tracks, but it will not happen without your help today.

If you do not know the phone number for your member of Congress, you can just call the main US Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be transferred to your Representative’s office.

When you talk to the staffer who answers the phone, tell them how important it is to you that your Representative in Congress sign the Pocan/LoBiondo kratom letter to the DEA.

We fought and won this battle last year, but we cannot drop the ball now that the FDA has renewed its war on kratom.

Please, pick up the phone and make the call immediately. Today is a critical day in the fight to protect kratom.

The DEA needs to know that we will fight to protect our freedom to make our own personal choices about our health and well-being, and we do not need big government telling us what to do or criminalizing the responsible use of a safe botanical.

Thank you for your support to keep kratom legal.

Dave Herman

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Info on an open letter from the AKA:

THE AMERICAN KRATOM ASSOCIATION DELIVERS “OPEN LETTER” TO ACTING DEA ADMINISTRATOR ROBERT W. PATTERSON ASKING DEA TO DO AN “INDEPENDENT 8-FACTOR ANALYSIS ON KRATOM”
“Over 18,000 Letter Co-Signers Request 2nd Opinion from DEA on Biased FDA Claims Against Kratom.  AKA asks DEA to Conduct an Independent 8-Factor Analysis to Test the Credibility of any potential FDA Scheduling Recommendation on Kratom”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — December 7, 2017 – The American Kratom Association (AKA) delivered its “Open Letter” to Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson, with over 18,000 co-signers from across the United States, asking the DEA to fulfill its statutory mandate to conduct a “thorough and independent 8-Factor Analysis on kratom to test the credibility of any potential scheduling recommendation submitted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”

Dave Herman, chairman of the AKA, said: “The FDA has chosen to demonize kratom when it offers a safe alternative to opioids for Americans to manage pain. If the DEA accepts any FDA scheduling recommendation to ban kratom as a schedule I drug, more people will die in the current opioid crisis.  The American Kratom Association supports appropriate FDA regulations to ensure product quality to protect consumers from adulterated or contaminated products, but the FDA wants it regulated as a drug knowing that will effectively ban it.  We want the DEA to exercise its statutory obligation to conduct an independent 8-Factor Analysis and, if they do, they will reject this overreach of regulatory power by the FDA.”

Addiction expert Dr. Jack Henningfield, vice president of Research, Health Policy, and Abuse Liability at PinneyAssociates, said: “Recently there have been reports of kratom-associated deaths in the media. It is important to understand, and the FDA’s own data confirms this, that there has not been a single verified report of an acute poisoning death that we can say with certainty was caused by kratom use. Most of the kratom-associated deaths occurred in people who had various pre-existing illnesses and/or were taking multiple substances with known serious health risks that may have been significant contributors to or causes of the reported deaths. The contribution of kratom, if any, to these deaths, is not known.”

Dr. Henningfield added: “We need every asset to dig our way out of the deep hole that is the opioid crisis. We need to find a path for kratom to continue to realize its benefits to help keep kratom available as a path away from opioids, and to not replace the legal marketplace with the black market that will surely emerge in the vacuum of a lawful market. It makes no sense to take kratom out of the equation and risk avoidable opioid epidemic deaths.”

In the “Open Letter” to Robert W. Patterson, the Acting Director of the DEA, the AKA emphasized the following:

•    If kratom is banned, opioid deaths will increase.
•    Kratom is an alternative to opioids, not a gateway to opioid abuse. •    The AKA strongly supports appropriate FDA regulations to protect consumers.

AKA pointed out that it has delivered an independent 8-Factor Analysis that mirrors the same statutory requirements that should be applied to kratom as should have been used by the FDA, and that analysis concluded that kratom has been responsibly used by consumers for centuries, is not dangerously addictive, and is not an appropriate candidate for scheduling under the Controlled Substances Act.

Dave Herman added the following statement:  “The plain fact is kratom is used by millions of Americans to manage pain as a part of their personal choice for their health and well-being.  The FDA staff wants to expand its regulatory authority to strip Americans of their personal freedoms to make those choices, and they are hell-bent to criminalize kratom using false data and cooked-up stories to inflame public opinion and mislead Congress, state legislatures, and local government officials into a stampede to ban kratom. We trust the DEA will fulfill its statutory duty and reject any FDA scheduling recommendation for kratom.”

ABOUT AKA

The American Kratom Association, a consumer-based non-profit organization, is here to set the record straight, giving voice to those suffering and protecting our rights to possess and consume kratom. AKA represents tens of thousands of Americans, each of whom have an unique story to tell about the virtues of kratom and its positive effects on their lives. http://www.americankratom.org

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MEDIA CONTACTS:  Pete Candland, Executive Director of the AKA, (703) 608-4649,  pete.candland@americankratom.org

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#Government Falsifies Warning on #Kratom to Protect #Opioids #KeepKratomLegal #SaveKratom #IamKratom

 

The overprescription of powerful opioid drugs to treat everything from back pain to arthritis has resulted in an unprecedented crisis of overdose and death in the U.S. Even when taken as directed, prescription opioids can lead to addiction as well as tolerance, which means you need an increasingly stronger dose to get the pain-relieving effects. Physical dependence, in which you suffer withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking the drugs, is common.1

In fact, more than 91 Americans fatally overdose on opioids every day.2 The statistic includes prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl, but many of the deaths stem from prescription drug use. Of the more than 33,000 Americans killed by opioids in 2015, nearly half of them involved a prescription for the drugs.3

However, rather than cracking down on the prescription opioids that are the root of the problem, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is going after a natural plant called kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), even going so far as to issue a warning that consumer groups say is patently false.

FDA Warns of ‘Deadly Risks’ Associated With Kratom

Kratom is a plant native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, which has become popular as an opioid alternative in the U.S. Leaves from the kratom tree have been used for pain relief for hundreds of years, but scientists now know they contain compounds that target the brain similarly to opioids, helping to relieve pain.

Unlike opioid drugs, however, which can cause slowed breathing, or respiratory depression that’s deadly (respiratory depression is the leading cause of opioid overdose deaths), kratom does not appear to cause this effect.

In an animal study published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, researchers noted that, compared to morphine, kratom use did not result in tolerance and physical dependence or respiratory depression, suggesting it “might represent a promising new generation of novel pain relievers.”4

In short, it appears the plant may be safer than opioids for pain relief and could even act as a tool to help those suffering from opioid withdrawal. In November 2017, however, the FDA issued a public health advisory regarding risks associated with kratom use, suggesting that its usage could “expand the opioid epidemic” and stating:5

“Calls to U.S. poison control centers regarding kratom have increased tenfold from 2010 to 2015, with hundreds of calls made each year. The FDA is aware of reports of 36 deaths associated with the use of kratom-containing products. There have been reports of kratom being laced with other opioids like hydrocodone.

The use of kratom is also associated with serious side effects like seizures, liver damage and withdrawal symptoms … Before it can be legally marketed for therapeutic uses in the U.S., kratom’s risks and benefits must be evaluated as part of the regulatory process for drugs that Congress has entrusted the FDA with.”

American Kratom Association Calls for FDA to Withdraw ‘Discredited’ Advisory

The American Kratom Association (AKA) is a nonprofit consumer group that represents more than 3 million adult consumers of kratom in the U.S. They’ve filed a formal dispute resolution petition with the FDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to challenge the FDA’s advisory.

According to AKA’s petition, the public health advisory “contains numerous unsubstantiated and inaccurate statements … and therefore must be rescinded immediately.” The petition took issue with the FDA’s claim that kratom is associated with 36 deaths, stating:

“Kratom consumption has not emerged as a public health or medical problem for adults or children despite more than two decades of rapidly increasing consumption by millions of Americans served by approximately 10,000 vendors.

Specifically, among the 3-4 publicly documented deaths that have ever been suspected to possibly have involved the consumption of kratom, none have been shown to merit designation as a kratom overdose death and all have involved either other substances or physical or mental health conditions that may have been the primary causes of, or significant contributors to, the death.

Remarkably, no deaths, serious adverse effects, or emergency department exposures have been reported in children. It is important to understand that this conclusion does not mean that such events have never or will never occur, but the signal for a public health problem associated with kratom marketing and consumption is very weak.”6

Further, while the FDA claims that kratom is associated with serious side effects to opioids and presents significant safety issues, AKA points out that its risk profile appears far safer than that of opioids or even other pain relievers like acetaminophen:

“Consumption of kratom products appears to provide positive benefits such as relief of pain and fatigue without the adverse consequences produced by other products that are used for similar purposes as reported in the appended testimonials and over a century or more of documented consumption in Southeast Asia.

For example, liver disease caused deaths associated with the use of acetaminophen is a serious problem in the U.S., and there are problems of serious GI side effects and cardiovascular problems associated with the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).

At the far extreme, there is the inherent risk of overdose and serious addiction associated with the use of opioids. For those who manage various ailments with kratom instead of such products, the benefit to risk ratio appears favorable.”

‘Eight-Factor Analysis’ Points to Kratom’s Safety Compared to Opioids

The FDA advisory is not the first time kratom has been attacked by the U.S. government. In August 2016, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a notice saying it was planning to ban kratom and list it as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. However, following massive outrage from kratom users who say opioids are their only alternative, the agency reversed its decision.

In November 2016, AKA also released a report by Jack Henningfield, Ph.D., vice president of research, health policy and abuse liability at PinneyAssociates, concluding that there is “insufficient evidence” for the DEA to ban or restrict kratom under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The report analyzed the eight factors of the CSA, concluding the DEA had no grounds for CSA scheduling of kratom, let alone a ban:

“Based on all lines of evidence considered in the 8-factor analysis, kratom’s potential for abuse, tolerance, and dependence is lower than that of many schedule IV and V drugs and is well within the range of many nonscheduled drugs and substances (e.g., caffeine, nasal nicotine spray, fluoxetine, bupropion, dextromethorphan).

Although kratom and its primary alkaloids MG and 7-OH-MG share certain characteristics with controlled substances, as do many nonscheduled substances, there does not appear to be a public health risk that would warrant control of kratom products or their alkaloids under the CSA.”7

In fact, AKA noted that according to Henningfield’s analysis, “kratom’s potential for abuse and dependence is no greater than such widely used and unscheduled substances as “nutmeg, hops, St. John’s Wort, chamomile, guarana and kola nut.” This isn’t to say that kratom usage is without risk.

It’s important to recognize that kratom is a psychoactive substance and should not be used carelessly. There’s very little research showing how to use it safely and effectively, and it may have a very different effect from one person to the next.

Also, while it may be useful for weaning people off opioids, kratom is in itself addictive. So, while it appears to be a far safer alternative to opioids, it’s still a powerful and potentially addictive substance. So please, do your own research before trying it. That said, it does appear that the FDA’s claims of deaths from kratom are unsupported.

New York, Florida ‘Kratom Deaths’ Unsupported by Facts

As mentioned, many of the deaths attributed to kratom may have actually been due to other causes. AKA detailed two such cases, which were debunked after an analysis by lawyer and molecular biologist Jane K. Babin, Ph.D. The first involved the death of police Sgt. Matthew Dana in Tupper Lake, New York, who died from hemorrhagic pulmonary edema with the presence of mitragynine (kratom’s primary constituent) in his blood. The report noted:

“Mitragynine alone has never been found to cause hemorrhagic pulmonary edema, nor any death, and has only been implicated when other substances or conditions sufficient to cause death were present.

The Coroner and Medical Examiner erred in not analyzing blood for substances other than opioids and narcotics including cocaine and anabolic steroids, which could have caused the death, and for presuming kratom caused Sgt. Dana’s death without considering known causes of sudden death from hemorrhagic pulmonary edema.”8

The second death involved Christopher Waldron in Hillsborough County, Florida, who was found to have mitragynine and two prescription drugs, citalopram and cyclobenzaprine, in his system. According to the report:

“Both of these prescription medicines contain specific warnings required in FDA labeling that, if used in combination, can cause coma and even death. In addition, the kratom brand and product Mr. Waldron is believed to have consumed has been known to be counterfeited, and often adulterated with toxic substances. Mr. Waldron also had left ventricular hypertrophy, an enlarged liver, and thyroid disease, which may have contributed to his death.

The Medical Examiner rushed to judgment when opining that the active compound in the botanical supplement, kratom, caused Mr. Waldron’s death, despite numerous findings that point to sudden death from drug-induced Long QT Syndrome, Torsade de Pointes and/or Serotonin Syndrome, exacerbated by pre-existing heart disease, thyroid disease and possible liver disease.”9

In another example, a Tennessee news outlet broadcast a quote from a Georgia county coroner claiming there had been 17 deaths linked to kratom in Georgia in 2017. AKA has called on the TV station to retract the “fake news” report, as they say there is nothing in the public medical record showing even one death linked to kratom.10

FDA Cracks Down on Canadian Drug Imports

The FDA is not only cracking down on kratom — a plant that appears to offer much potential for pain relief with a far better safety profile compared to opioids. It’s also going after stores that help U.S. consumers get drugs from outside the U.S., including Canada. The stores in question are located in Central Florida and help consumers order drugs from Canadian pharmacies at prices much lower than those in the U.S.

Most of the customers are elderly people who don’t want to order the drugs online, and the stores require that customers have a valid prescription to order, as well as use foreign pharmacies certified as safe by the Canadian International Pharmacy Association. As noted by KHN news, “The drugs from foreign pharmacies often are made in the same manufacturing plants around the world as drugs sold in U.S. pharmacies,”11 they’re just much cheaper when they’re bought from Canada as opposed to the U.S.

The FDA, however, claims that ordering drugs from foreign pharmacies poses a safety risk and, as such, raided nine storefronts in October 2017, seizing computer files, customer records and financial and banking information.

Some of the stores have been helping consumers get less expensive medications for 15 years and now fear they will be forced to shut down. “It’s a shame because this will drive people who are not competent using the internet to buy from rogue websites,” Roger Bate, a health economist with the think-tank American Enterprise Institute, told KHN news.12

FDA Facilitates ‘Drug Care System’ Instead of Health Care System

While targeting kratom and people who seek to get less expensive drugs from outside of the U.S., the FDA continues to protect opioids and was instrumental in facilitating the opioid crisis to begin with. It wasn’t long ago — during the 1980s and 1990s — that many prominent physicians and health organizations urged the use of opioids for chronic, noncancer pain, even going so far as to state that the risk of misuse and addiction was low.

The game-changer occurred in 1995, when Purdue Pharma received FDA approval for extended-release oxycodone (Oxycontin) for the management of moderate to severe pain. The company launched an extensive marketing blitz surrounding the drug, including doubling its marketing team and paying $40 million in bonuses, offering free initial supply coupons to patients, and hosting “all-expenses-paid pain management and speaker training conference at lavish resorts” for clinicians.

The drug became a blockbuster, in large part due to non-rigorous patenting standards and lack of policing of fraudulent marketing. A Harvard study, “The Opioid Epidemic: Fixing a Broken Pharmaceutical Market,” explains that the overprescription of opioids was, and continues to be, a fundamental cause of the opioid epidemic, noting that such prescriptions rose 104 percent from 2000 to 2010.13,14

In 2015 alone, the report noted, about 300 million prescriptions for opioids were written, which is more than one for every U.S. adult. Where was (and is) the FDA and other public health agencies while all of this was occurring? Apparently looking the other way. The Harvard report noted:15

“Purdue’s success was attributable in part to low patenting standards that enabled the company to secure and extend market exclusivity for extended-release oxycodone, providing motivation for its aggressive marketing.

A history of tepid enforcement against pharmaceutical companies engaging in illegal marketing further incentivized Purdue to make false claims about the safety and effectiveness of the drug. Both practices helped drive opioid overuse and misuse, with tragic public health consequences.”

Even now, as AKA notes, the FDA’s targeting of a natural substance in the midst of a prescription opioid crisis is not only misleading but dangerous: “For years, the FDA has willfully published scientifically inaccurate information on the health effects of consuming kratom, directly influencing regulatory actions by the DEA, states and various local government entities. AKA believes the FDA health advisory on kratom will lead to more state and local bans, all based on discredited, incomplete and mischaracterized scientific claims.”16

If you’d like to express your opinion about the FDA’s misguided kratom warning, you can do so via the AKA’s call to action page.17Meanwhile, if you’re looking for safer options for pain relief than opioid drugs, please see these options for treating pain without drugs.

 

Article written By Dr. Mercola

From: articles.mercola.com

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From the American Kratom Association:

 

KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON

Due to todays most recent concerns from our team in Washington DC, we are now being advised to start calling your FEDERAL legislators…. Congress and Senate….

Start calling, writing and emailing your federal legislators.

Contact Your Congressperson (see letter template)

Find yours here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Contact Your Senator (see letter template)

Find yours here: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Use the letter template below.  However, when writing

Some of the things to be doing as we are working on this ATTACK:

WRITE:

Scott Gottlieb M.D.

Commissioner
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

10903 New Hampshire Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002

CommissionerFDA@fda.hhs.gov

CALL THE FDA:

“I am a responsible adult who consumes Kratom to improve my health and well-being and I urge you to reconsider your stance and look at the science in support of kratom as well as all the testimonies of people that have and continue to use kratom for their benefits.”

1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332)

FDA Contact PAGE

EMAIL your story to the FDA:

CommissionerFDA@fda.hhs.gov

Letter Template*

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

We need YOUR help to fight the FDA and their negative info being released to the public.

My name is ________, I’m a __-year old _________ from _________

I would like to voice my support of Kratom and my disagreement with the FDA and their recent smear campaign. This puts 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 benefits for many issues and has changed my life. I fear this action by the FDA will only lead to more tragic deaths of victims of the opiate epidemic, maybe even my own (if you think this may lead to 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 https://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.

SUBMIT your success stories, testimonials on our WEBSITE. There is strength in numbers:

SHARE this AKA INFOGRAPHIC:

There are multiple other studies and info available to use and share here:

When you see a negative story, comment and use these links to educate them in a polite, professional and courteous manner.

When you see a positive story, take the time to share it and tell them thank you.

AKA MEDIA Package

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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 beneficial herb.

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VIRTUAL MARCH ON WASHINGTON
STARTS TOMORROW!
11/28/2017 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM ET
CALL
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Kratom Warrior:

The “Dark State” FDA bureaucracy has enlisted FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in their war on kratom.

Make no mistake, the FDA staff already knows that kratom is not dangerously addictive, nor is it unsafe when used responsibly by consumers.

They have the science in hand, but they want to bury it so that they can renew their war on dietary supplements and herbal products just like they did back in 1993.

And the truth does not matter to them.

The career staff at the FDA is hell-bent on expanding the regulatory reach into the lives of every American, and kratom is their latest target.

We have to fight back, and we have to expose the FDA Dark State for every lie they are telling right now about kratom.

The American Kratom Association (AKA) did not shirk from the fight that the FDA started on August 31, 2016 when they enlisted the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to try to use their vast emergency powers to schedule kratom.

We won that battle, but every one of us knows how difficult it is to fight the federal bureaucracy.

When the dust settled, one of the leading DEA officials admitted that they thought that the “FDA duped us into doing their dirty work.”

We learned last week that the FDA is back to their dirty tricks and they have sent an 8-Factor Analysis to the DEA that demonizes kratom; claims kratom is directly responsible for 36 deaths; and that kratom is an “analogue of an opioid.”

None of that is true.

VIRTUAL MARCH ON WASHINGTON
TUESDAY 11/28/17
8:00 AM – 4:30 AM ET

CALL ROBERT PATTERSON
ACTING DEA ADMINISTRATOR
202-307-8000

“DOUBLE CHECK THE SCIENCE ON THE FDA 8-FACTOR ANALYSIS! IT DOES NOT ADD UP!”

WEDNESDAY 11/29/17
AKA PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE FROM ATLANTA AT 11:00 AM ET
&
PETITION DRIVE
SIGNATURES ON
“OPEN LETTER TO ROBERT PATTERSON”

THURSDAY 11/30/2017
CALLS TO LEGISLATORS

It is critical that we fight this battle, first with the DEA, and then with the Congress to let them know what the FDA is trying to do. We have to expose the true FDA agenda.

But, first things first.

Beginning at 8 AM Eastern time on Tuesday, and continuing until 4:30 PM Eastern time on Tuesday, we need you to call the Acting DEA Administrator, Robert W. Patterson, and tell him that he should “Double-check the science on the FDA 8-Factor Analysis; it does not add up!”

Please be respectful, but firm. Tell the agent who answers the phone that the American Kratom Association will be sending a report to Administrator Patterson that proves that the FDA 8-Factor Analysis is JUNK SCIENCE.

Tell them that we want Administrator Patterson to double check every claim in that FDA 8-Factor Analysis.

In fact, not a single person has died from kratom use.  It is only when it is mixed in with toxic doses of opioids or other illegal street drugs that people die.

The phone number for Administrator Patterson is 202-307-8000.

If the line is busy, please keep trying to call back.

We need to send the clear and unmistakable message to Administrator Patterson that the DEA is about to get duped again by the FDA.

The FDA wants the DEA to do their dirty work.

But the DEA can stop the FDA in their tracks by rejecting their JUNK SCIENCE.

The FDA wants to protect the multibillion-dollar opioid pharmaceutical industry, and they want to force anyone who believes that kratom is an effective alternative to opioids to file a New Drug Application.

That is how the FDA Dark State expands their regulatory power.

They get to set the ground rules, and once they get control of kratom by classifying it as a drug rather than a natural botanical product, we lose.

The FDA Dark State knows an NDA costs hundreds of millions of dollars to file with the FDA, and it takes nearly a decade to get an approval for any new drug.

The only incentive for paying all of that research and development money is to get a patent.

That way drug companies can charge exorbitant fees to the American public because they have no competition during the patent period.

But the dirty little secret that the FDA knows all too well is that kratom is a natural botanical plant that cannot be patented.

And the FDA wants to dupe the DEA into thinking that they have to schedule kratom because it is dangerous and it kills people.

Sound familiar?

It should.

It is déjà vu for the DEA.

But we won that battle last year by speaking truth to power.

We need to do it again now!

The second step in our plan will take place on Wednesday.

AKA will collect signatures on an “Open Letter to Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson” that will show the DEA that there are tens of thousands of committed kratom advocates who will protect and defend our freedom to make our own choices about our health and well-being.

I will send the link to that “Open Letter” tomorrow, so please watch for it in your email box.

The third step in our initial battle will take place on Thursday.

That is when I will be asking each of you to pick up the phone and call your Senators and Congressmen.

We are going to fight back every way that we can by telling the truth, and exposing the lies that the FDA is peddling for their own self-serving agenda to expand their regulatory powers.

On Wednesday, Dr. Jack Henningfield will join me in a media conference in Atlanta where we will take on the Georgia Medical Examiner who is peddling the same misinformation and lies that the FDA has fed to virtually every state and local medical examiner and coroner in the country.

The AKA will take this fight wherever it has to be fought.

The bottom line is that kratom is safe when used responsibly.

The science is clear that kratom is not dangerously addictive, with an addiction profile similar to caffeine and coffee.

The truth is, if kratom is banned, those who have chosen to use kratom as an alternative pain management option will be forced to go to dangerous and deadly opioids.

A ban on kratom will actually increase the death toll of opioids.

I cannot tell you how grateful I am that you are willing to join this fight with us.

Would you do me the additional favor of sending me an email confirming that you left a message for Administrator Patterson.

That email address is:  dave.herman@americankratom.org.

I want to be able to share that information with our friends on Capitol Hill so that they know the we are asking the DEA to double check the science on the FDA’s 8-Factor Analysis, because it does not add up.

I want to let Congress know that thousands of people have called the DEA.

Let’s start our “Virtual March on Washington” this week.

Trust me, it is only the beginning of the fight.

Thank you for your commitment to keeping kratom legal in America.

Dave Herman
Chairman
American Kratom Association

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#teamAKA
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Another attack on #Kratom from FDA: Fight with us to #SAVEKRATOM & #KEEPKRATOMLEGAL

 

A Letter From AKA Chairman Dave Herman:
Our Fight Against Last Week’s FDA Warning & What It Means to the Kratom Community

November 20, 2017

Dear Kratom Warriors,

Last week, the FDA dropped the other shoe to ban kratom that we all knew was coming.

Faceless bureaucrats at the Food and Drug Administration told the new FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, to issue a ‘Public Health Advisory’ on kratom, justified by outright LIES that kratom carries similar risks as opiates, including addiction and death, and other mischaracterized scientific claims.

Major media outlets such as CNN, CBS News, NBC, NPR, Fox News and others picked up on the advisory, further spreading the FDA’s lies–all part of their campaign to threaten our hard work to keep kratom legal and available to you.

The most troubling coverage of the FDA Advisory came in the form of a CNBC interview with FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb,who lied on air and described kratom is an ‘opioid analogue, setting the stage to include kratom as a banned substance in the SITSA (Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues) Bill.

SITSA, if passed, would give Attorney General Jeff Sessions unchecked authority to ban any substance without any medical or scientific review; for a “temporary” period of FIVE YEARS, and exempt from a judicial or legislative challenge during that span.

FIVE YEARS!

AKA was criticized for ‘causing a panic’ by some in the kratom industry for coming out strong against SITSA, arguing the bill wouldn’t impact kratom given that it is not an analogue of an opioid.

…but we kept up the fight, confident that the FDA & DEA would make a move to classify kratom as an analogue so they could easily ban it under SITSA. 

…And after issuing the public advisory last week, FDA Commissioner Scott Goetlieb went on CNBC and did just that.

Watch for yourself!

FDA's Gottlieb Lies to CNBC and Says Kratom is An Opioid Analogue
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb lies on CNBC that  kratom is an analogue of an opioid, setting the stage for DEA scheduling and subject to a complete ban through SITSA.
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We warned from the beginning that the FDA and the DEA are ready to ban kratom— and classifying kratom as an opioidanalogue would give them justification for doing so!

This video proves that the FDA will do whatever they can to lend support to an outright DEA scheduling, even if it means misrepresenting the science and lying to the public! 

Without a doubt, the FDA’s Public Advisory was issued NOT out of the concern for the well-being of citizens, but for the sole purpose of influencing public sentiment, regulatory actions  andultimately, push forward legislation to ban the use and sale of kratom in states across the country.

Our lobbyists in Washington D.C. have told us that kratom opponents will use this advisory and these lies as fuel for their efforts to accomplish a complete ban and restrict your access to kratom completely.

Warriors, kratom opponents think they have victory in sight, but we can’t let them win!

This is our plan to fight back. Will you join us?

  • On November 18th, the AKA filed a formal petition to review and correct the FDA’s Public Health Advisory on kratom and then demand to reverse it completely.
  • Add to our team of lobbyists in Washington D.C., to reverse this FDA advisory. In New York, Florida, Illinois, and several other states our lobbyists will turn up the heat to stop any ban on kratom in those, while protecting your access throughout the rest of the country.
  • Reverse the state bans on kratom
  • Increase the pressure on legislators and government agencies, and we will provide you with tools to help us. We are facing fights at the federal level and in three states, and we will be calling on you to take action to respond to legislation and to dirty tricks like last week’s FDA advisory, as they happen.
  • An aggressive Marketing/Communications effort to mobilize all warriors, social media followers, vendors, their customers and the general public concerned about America’s current health crises. Our strength is in numbers. We currently have 50,000 warriors who are turning up the pressure. We need many more!
  • More scientific research! We want to step up AKA’s investment in partnerships with the medical research community and be armed with scientific data that proves the benefits of kratom, and dispels the lies that the FDA & DEA want the public and lawmakers to believe.
  • A Media Campaign to counteract the false claims spread by the media and inject the personal stories of warriors like you whose lives have been changed by kratom
  • Publicize, through all channels, the science and truth behind Kratom. The science is on OUR side!
We simply cannot wait, and neither can you. We must act immediately and deploy our team across the United States to tell the truth about kratom, tell your stories to the media, put pressure on these bureaucrats and reverse this attack and these lies against kratom.

We have shown that together, we can win! We won our fight with the DEA when they wanted to criminalize kratom consumers last summer, and we will win against the FDA’s efforts to restrict the use of kratom if you support us in this biggest fight yet.

A war of this magnitude against lawmakers, bureaucrats at government agencies and outside influencers, isn’t going to be cheap, but we’ll do whatever it takes to win.

Will you?

Every dollar you can give gets us one step closer to winning this war.  

Your contribution of $25.00, $50.00, $75.00, $100.00 – or even $500.00 will give us the ammunition to fight back immediately. A one-time gift will help, but a monthly contribution will help even more as this battle isn’t going to end soon. This FDA advisory is just one fight in their war against kratom, and we can’t stop.

We won’t!

We won’t stop fighting until we guarantee that you’ll have unrestricted and legal access to kratom for as long as you need it without worry that it will ever be taken away.

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You have my personal commitment that I will continue to work as hard as I can and for as long as it takes to win.

Your donation helps us send a clear message to Commissioner Gottlieb of the FDA, the media and the opponents of kratom, and those faceless bureaucrats– that we are strong advocates for kratom, and we won’t stop until our right to live healthy lives is safe and guaranteed.

Thank you for being a part of the fight and for your continued support.

Gratefully,

Dave Herman
Chairman, American Kratom Association
#teamAKA
#keepkratomlegal
#IAMKRATOM

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