Published: 28 June 2018
Something I noticed this morning that makes no sense is this: The DEA, FDA, and lawmakers do not look at the vast majority of Kratom consumers, who cause no trouble at all and are virtually invisible from an enforcement standpoint. These people, who I conservatively estimate number 3 million, use the herb for pain, overcoming addiction to far more dangerous drugs, and for a variety of other health reasons.
Instead, lawmakers and regulatory agencies focus on the relatively small number of those who abuse and over-use Kratom -- often in combination with other drugs and chemicals. When these folks have a problem, lawmakers blame the herb itself -- not the fact that it is being misused by this small segment of multi-drug abusers.
Nevertheless, the DEA and the FDA approach Kratom as if it is an unregulated "drug" and must prove itself innocent, at great cost to those who wish to sell it. This cost, if it is forced on the vendors and importers of Kratom, must be passed along to the consumers, which will make Kratom unaffordable for many who need it the most -- the disabled medical consumers, for whom nothing works as well.
I will argue that treating this miraculous herb as if it is a threat to our health until proven otherwise is a baseless accusation. It is the wrong way to look at this situation.