FDA, DEA Launch Massive Assault On Kratom – Drug War For Miracle Plant Ramping Up

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To no one’s surprise, the U.S. government, after hysterically declaring a “national emergency” over America’s opioid crisis, is once again setting its sights on Kratom, the non-addictive natural plant that has helped thousands of Americans wean themselves off opioids.

In 2015, the DEA announced its plans to place Kratom on the list of Controlled Substances (in the same scheduling level as heroin to be exact) but, amid public outcry, the agency backed off, deferring to FDA “review” and “advice.” Many optimistic Kratom activists were tempted to rest on their laurels, trusting that the FDA would prove to be more reasonable in relation to Kratom and hoping the testimonials, overwhelming public support for Kratom, and the science itself would win the day.

As is typically the case in life, the optimists were sorely disappointed.

The FDA, long known to be essentially run by Big Pharma, has now joined the ranks of the DEA (which also placed CBD oil on the list of controlled substances on the same level as heroin) in a scathing attack on Kratom, signalling that the end may be nigh for the miracle plant if activists do not succeed in fighting back both behemoth agencies who act as the enforcement arms of Big Pharma, the private prison industry, and the police state.

As the Washington Post reported,

The Food and Drug Administration issued a strong warning Tuesday to consumers to stay away from the herbal supplement kratom, saying regulators are aware of 36 deaths linked to products containing the substance.
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But in a statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that there is no “reliable evidence” to support the use of kratom as a treatment for opioid-use disorder, and that there are no other FDA-approved uses for kratom.

Rather, he said, evidence shows that the herb has similar effects to narcotics like opioids, “and carries similar risks of abuse, addiction and, in some cases, death.” He said that calls to U.S. poison control centers involving kratom increased tenfold between 2010 and 2015, and that the herb is associated with side effects including seizures, liver damage and withdrawal symptoms.

Virtually none of the scientists who are working with Kratom, however, share the same hysteria and apocalyptic concerns of the FDA, which itself has overseen massive outbreaks of death and addiction as a result of pharmaceuticals it has approved as safe. Indeed, many users of Kratom found the plant in order to ween themselves off the opioids that the FDA so delightfully approved and promoted. Now, with middle America in an alleged “crisis,” the FDA wants to remove one of the few helpful resources to getting clean. The DEA, of course, continues to hunt those same Americans as if they were deer during open season for imprisonment, harassment, fines, and/or on-sight executions.

It should be noted that the FDA’s claims of 36 deaths have been largely disproven before the FDA even made the claims, with many of those deaths attributed to people who had drugs in their system in addition to Kratom or who died of other causes.

Again, as the Washington Post reports,

Jack Henningfield, an addiction specialist who works at the drug policy consulting group Pinney Associates, which has done work for the American Kratom Association, said that surveys have shown that people using opioids to treat pain or satisfy an addiction were able to stop using them by drinking kratom tea. He argued that kratom’s “overall abuse potential and risk of death isn’t anything close to narcotics like opioids” and warned that restricting or banning the substance could drive some people back to opioids or onto the black market to get kratom.

In a study last year for the American Kratom Association, Henningfield, an adjunct professor of behavior policy at Johns Hopkins, found that effectively banning kratom “is not warranted from a public health perspective and is more likely to cause public health problems that do not exist.”

At worst, Kratom is only marginally addictive, with withdrawal symptoms similar to that of caffeine if taken in high doses for long periods of time…maybe. The overwhelming majority of Kratom users, however, do not report “withdrawal” symptoms at all.

Scott Gottlieb’s ridiculous rant about the dangers of Kratom is not based on science. It is based on the bottom line for the police state, Big Pharma, and the private prison industrial complex. Kratom threatens to reduce the amount of Americans slated to fill up jail cells, the dependency on pain medications,  the use of SSRI’s and other anti-depressants. Therefore, like marijuana, Kratom has to be stomped out so the gravy train can continue un-interrupted for the Pharmaceutical and prison industries.

Now, as everyone paying attention to the Kratom debate and the current climate in the United States would have expected, an unelected, non-legislative body of totalitarians who claim non-psychoactive CBD oil is the same as heroin and whose entire existence depends on locking up peaceful people for possessing or consuming plants will likely ensure that thousands of Americans will be denied access to a life saving plant. Once more, many people will turn to heroin and other opioids and the DEA can continue to arrest them. Thousands of others will be forced to seek out permission and dictatorial authority figures that pass for doctors in order to kill pain and get through the day. And once they need more of those painkillers or seek out illegal alternatives, the DEA will be able to arrest them too.

The American Kratom Association has responded to the FDA statement with a statement of its own saying that, “For years, the FDA has published scientifically inaccurate information on the health effects of consuming kratom, directly influencing regulatory actions by the DEA, states, and various local government entities. It is inconceivable that the FDA would favor a policy that would foreseeably force a patient who [has] been weaned off of opioid [addiction] back to dangerously addictive and potentially deadly opioid prescription medications.”

Already, the FDA is intercepting shipments of Kratom. The hysterical and, quite frankly, idiotic statement from Gottlieb signals dark days ahead for Kratom users, former drug addicts, sufferers of chronic pain and depression. But these will be dark days for more people than Kratom users. Every American citizen, forced to live under the stifling anathema to freedom known as the drug war will have no choice but to continue to reside amid mass incarceration, forced medication, and needless suffering and will most likely do so for years to come.

The U.S. government is making America many things but great isn’t one of them.

Support the American Kratom Association in their upcoming legal battle for civil liberties and health freedom. www.AmericanKratom.org


Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom7 Real Conspiracies,Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria,and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 1,000 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

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  • idontknow

    They Daily Caller has an anti Kratom propaganda article up right now. I knew as soon as I saw it that the war was back on…

    • darkhorse

      I never heard of this kratom before……

      • idontknow

        It is a plant that works on the narcotic receptors, although it isn’t a narcotic.

        The DEA attempted to outlaw it last year, but the public outcry was so great they decided to “study the matter”.

        In the end it wont matter. The government outlaws every herb that is actually beneficial. They won’t tolerate the competition with the drug companies…

        • darkhorse

          thanks… right, beware herbalists, etc….they’re shooting them down like crazy…people should just grow their own kratom…wonder if the Native Americans grow it…

    • Fringe Wizard

      Everything will be made legal one day but it will all be grown in Israel or by specific corporations and it will not be allowed to be produced by random individuals. Right now Israel is planning to produce all the medical weed and make a ton of money even though America could grow its own easily. It’s all about making money, even the stuff that is illegal, the CIA gets their money for black projects from that stuff. They want to control and profit off of things we need. Other examples are housing and property. Everyone needs a place to live. There are way more homes in America than there are people, and yes homelessness remains an issue, and squatters are evicted all the time, and many buildings become abandoned and fall apart, and yet could be saved that fate. Housing prices are manipulated to be sky high so nobody will ever be able to afford a home and will have to work their entire life to keep up with the bills and when they finally die they still won’t have paid off the mortgage and their home will be taken from them. Education is another issue, make students pay absurd amounts for mandatory textbooks, and just cashcow them at every corner… and yet they could just study at home using online materials for free for MOST of the stuff they teach in universities, which these days along with elementary and highschool are really just state indoctrination centers and not a place of learning (if you learn you do so on your own, researching via libraries or internet, and the teacher basically is just there to mark your shit). Our whole economic system is retarded and keeps people constantly involved in busywork and bureaucracy. We could eliminate many redundant and useless jobs and make a lot of things free no problem, we just have too much population, and no better way to provide for people and run society than to keep them chasing after money forever.

  • The easiest way to solve this problem is to carpet seed as much of the country as possible and watch them go crazy trying to collect it all before we do.
    Think of Jim Stafford’s Wildwood Weed on steroids.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      There’s also the Johnny Appleseed/Johnny Potseed method.

      • It can be done much faster and more widely in far less time from a plane, and ultralights would work just fine.

    • Carrie

      That’s actually a very good idea and it would really help a lot of people hopefully there are people all over the country that will do it for the greater good.

      • Unfortunately, far more nanoparticulates of aluminum, barium, and strontium are being sprayed than is anyone even talking about seeding nonGMO seeds.

  • John C Carleton

    The job of the Washington DC mob, is to run protection for the criminals of Big Pharma, and the CIA.s illegal drug trade.
    You did not really think the thirty shekel prostitutes of DC gave a FF about the American people did you?

  • Dow Jones

    Sssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! DRUGS ‘R US!
    Don’t tell the USSAN lumpen proles poisoning themselves with every kind of
    filth they can shove up any orifice and into their drug-addled gnat brains but
    just like Al CIAduh and ISIS, the Zetas mutant filth terrorizing Mexico are
    simply another USSAN asset in the Washing town criminal enterprise known as the
    US government. Look at heroin production in Afghanistan since the Langley Crime
    Syndicate took over. Hint, count the opioid deaths in a shithole near you on
    any day of the week. Hint… the Paki ISI slash Al CIAduh Gulen ratlines are
    destroying peasant USSA and NOBODY gives a shit obviously as long as the
    product of the deep state gets to market and keeps the hogs on animal farm
    sedated. The regime is destroying USSANS and making a fortune keeping the
    rednecks and ethnics in poverty.

    Ever wonder why all that crap gets over the border and to market so easily
    like a well greased supply line for Walmart? Ever wonder why there has NEVER
    been a USSAN cartel drug boss? Because the rotten institutions of the CIA, FBI,
    DEA and Border Patrol are the USSAN cartels. Capiche!

    Face it USSA, your plantation owners herd you at will and cull you like cattle, tax cattle.

    Mexican Cartel, Los ZETAS trained by USSA


    Mike Ruppert “CIA are drug runners”

    Ron Paul “Bush is a drug runner”.

    The Sackler Gang, a Jewish crime family that makes Al Capone look like a
    Prohibition era social worker.


  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    The demonizing of kratom is being done in exactly the same manner as it was for marijuana. It has taken decades and much independent research to show that the FDA was not only wrong about marijuana, but purposely doing so to benefit big pharma. If the masses were paying attention, the FDA would have zero credibility with them.

  • CozmicSeer

    How many drugs from Big Pharma cause seizures, liver damage and withdrawal symptom that the FDA has approved is probably a list so long no one could memorize it. Yet they use that excuse to act like the tyrants they are just because it’s something Big Pharma can’t force you to pay for. The FDA and Big Pharma are enemies of everything that most of us stand up for. Washington D.C. has become the cesspool of this country with everything nasty you can think of dumped into it even with a few people trying to fight against the sociopaths and psychopaths that are running agencies like the DEA and FDA.