Sign the Statement to Defend Kratom

By Dave Herman
Chairman, American Kratom Association

On August 31, 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rocked the kratom world with their now infamous Notice of Intent for Emergency Scheduling of kratom as a Schedule I controlled substance.

That was truly the day that the federal government declared war on kratom — and war on every one of us who believe that consumers should have the freedom to make their own decisions about how to manage their health and well-being.

But the truth is, the DEA and the FDA picked a fight with people who were unwilling to be trampled upon by the unfair and arbitrary criminalization of kratom and of the basic freedoms we have every right to enjoy.

The attempt to schedule kratom ignited a grassroots movement that continues to this very day, and I am pleased to report that we are growing stronger and stronger in our continued fight against the demonization of kratom by these federal bureaucrats.

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On August 31, 2017, I intend to deliver a statement to the Presidential Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis asking the government to recognize the numerous studies that show kratom can be used as an alternative pain management option, but kratom can also be a potentially effective “Reverse-Gateway” out of opioid addiction.

I am hoping that you will sign up to be an official co-signer on the American Kratom Association Statement to the Opioid Commission.

Please click on the link below and review the Statement to the Commission.  If you agree with the Statement, and I hope you will, then I need you to add your name as an official co-signer of the statement.


I am hopeful that thousands of Kratom Warriors will join me in this bold statement by the kratom community – that we endorse research into the positive effects that kratom can have in the lives of people who might currently be trapped in a cycle of opioid addiction.

And we need to boldly state that we continue to support the right of every consumer to have the freedom to use kratom as part of the management of their personal health and well-being.

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When I asked for your support to oppose the dangerous overreach by the Attorney General in the proposed SITSA Act that poses a real threat to consumer access to kratom, the kratom community responded.

We currently have more than 24,000 signatures on that petition, with more adding their names every day.

Thank you to each of you who have added your name on that petition.

While we have only about one week to gather signatures for this AKA Statement to the Opioid Commission, I hope we can collect a significant number of co-signers.

And I would ask you to invite as many of your friends and family members who agree with our position to also co-sign the Statement.

We can celebrate August 31, 2017 as the anniversary of when the kratom community took a stand for freedom.

We have been unyielding in our defense of our freedoms, and we have been joined by Members of Congress; leading researchers and experts in product safety and addiction; lawyers; law enforcement officers; and veterans of our Armed Forces; all who have stood firm and defended our freedom to have access to kratom.

We forced the DEA to rescind its Notice of Intent to schedule kratom.

We made our defense with good science and the personal testimonials from tens of thousands of kratom users who reported positive results from using kratom.

And today we have an arsenal of personal testimonials and research that support the premise that kratom can be an effective alternative pain management option for people who otherwise have to rely upon opioid medications.

We repudiated all the lies that the FDA told about people dying from consuming kratom; the “flooding” of calls to Poison Control Centers; and the significant number of adverse health effects of kratom consumption.

The AKA, with your help, commissioned the 8-Factor Analysis by the leading expert in safety and addiction issues on drug products, Dr. Jack Henningfield, that uses the very same literature and data that the FDA would be required to use in producing their own statutorily required analysis before anyone in the federal government could propose to schedule kratom again.

I would be honored if you would join me as a co-signer of the AKA Statement to the Presidential Commission on combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

Our collective voices will make a difference in Washington DC and across the states in the country who currently have bans on kratom.

I am proud to be a part of this kratom community, and I am honored to count you as a friend in this fight to protect and preserve our freedoms to use kratom as we see fit.

This article was posted here with permission from the American Kratom Association

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