By Spencer Kellogg | United States
The federal government has a new drug on the list of substances they don’t want you using. Kratom, an alternative medicine used to help fight drug addiction and common pain, was declared by the FDA as an opioid on Tuesday likely opening regulatory avenues for the administration. The American Kratom Association blasted the FDA’s decision for what they see as an attempt to clear a pathway for banning the medication:
BREAKING: Today, the @US_FDA announced their own analysis on #kratom & as we predicted, came up with their own findings to help justify an outright ban. It's crucial that you fight back with us as a Guardian of our Freedom. https://t.co/g6SyE9SNWr Report: https://t.co/qoULIInCtR pic.twitter.com/BtMx5iyXkV
— American Kratom Association (@TheKratomAssn) February 6, 2018
Kratom is a drug produced from a coffee related plant that grows wild in Asia. The medicine is a simple stimulant that has been used for centuries as a cure for pain and anxiety. Today, Americans are using it as a clean substance to fight opioid addiction and other ailments:
Fucking scum bags. As someone with chrons and gout and doctors not willing to help. Kratom has been a lifeline for me. If it goes away. I'm not really sure what I will do.
— Chowder007 (@XChowder007X) February 7, 2018
The leaves can be chewed, smoked, or brewed in tea. When over consumed, the plant can take on psychoactive properties creating euphoria in the user. How terrifying!
In new research published by the Food & Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the agency documented over 40 cases of deaths associated with the consumption of Kratom. The document, found here, cited the agency’s concerns with the use of the botanical structure:
“We have been especially concerned about the use of kratom to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms, as there is no reliable evidence to support the use of kratom as a treatment for opioid use disorder and significant safety issues exist.“
While many leading media outlets reported on the “dangers” of Kratom, other opinion makers pointed out the hyperbolic language and misinformation surrounding the plant-based drug:
This is the dumb shit @CameronHanes and I were talking about on the podcast today. Kratom is safe and effective and has helped MANY people get off pain pills and live happier lives. The problem is it’s a plant and you can’t patent a plant. https://t.co/NsotupakzQ
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) February 7, 2018
The irony at the heart of this issue is that only last week Donald Trump used the opioid crisis as a reason to curb immigration. If his administration really wanted to help suffering Americans they would make it easier to access a plant-based medication like Kratom. Instead, head researchers in his administration are attempting to label the alt-medicine that helps people to get off opioids as dangerous and illegal. The reason? They want to make it illegal so that their friends, Big Pharma, can make money off of it.
Any medication produced outside the factories of Big Pharma’s grasp is unsuitable to the goal of funneling USD back into the hands of the elite. Scott Gottlieb doesn’t care about Americans. Jeff Sessions doesn’t care about property rights and self-determination. This is all about making sure money gets back into the hands of the few that run the pill producing factories and sign the legislation. The federal government wants you on medication – just the medication they produce.
No matter who writes the bills, this is the bizarre fashion that the federal government works in over 200 years removed from the promise of unbridled freedom. Even when a “Republican” is in office, the state will eagerly lobby against your constitutional rights of individual liberty, personal responsibility and private property (namely your body) if it suits their interests in profiting off victimless crimes and the American people. We do have an opioid pandemic and medication that can help users through their pain and suffering is what we should be promoting. Instead the government advocates for a cold cell with a throwaway key and a new burden placed onto hard working taxpayers.
Our founding documents promised that it is no business of the state what you consume so long as the only harm is self-inflicted. Why are we spending millions and millions of dollars on “research” so we can abuse the constitutional rights as free Americans? Who gains from Kratom becoming illegal? Certainly not the users who are desperate for natural relief. This entire farce is another indication of the interests of our corporatist leaders who place profit above the will and liberty of their own constituents – The American People!