The American Kratom Association has issued a call to action regarding their upcoming "Virtual March on Washington" that should take place November 28 from 8 AM to 4:30 PM ET. The American Kratom Association will also be hosting a live press conference from Atlanta, Georgia that can be <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Americankratomassociation">watched online live at Facebook</a> at the AKA's official page.
Recently, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb released an official FDA advisory regarding the supposed dangers kratom presents. Commissioner Gottlieb is trying to paint kratom as a potentially dangerous and addictive opiate or opioid itself. Some feel that this could put kratom, a close botanical relative of the coffee plant, in the category of opioid analogues. As such, it could possibly cause the plant to be subject to an aggressive proposed new law regarding the importation and trafficking of opiate analogues.
The AKA and Botanical Education Alliance have been instrumental in helping preserve the continued availability of kratom despite regulatory overreach.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Virtual march starts tomorrow!<br>Visit the link👉👉👉 <a href="https://t.co/IpaxW4sZwE">https://t.co/IpaxW4sZwE</a> 👈👈👈 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/kratomsaveslives?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#kratomsaveslives</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Kratomsaves?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Kratomsaves</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/iamkratom?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#iamkratom</a> <a href="https://t.co/yuIuMmg1as">pic.twitter.com/yuIuMmg1as</a></p>— Kratom Advocate (@KratomAdvocatee) <a href="https://twitter.com/KratomAdvocatee/status/935224456838025216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 27, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote>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.</blockquote>
Tomorrow during the Virtual March on Washington, AKA is encouraging consumers and other concerned citizens to call Robert Patterson, acting DEA administrator at 202-307-8000 and urge him to double-check the science on the recently completed FDA 8-Factor Analysis. Despite the support of addiction experts like Dr. Jack Henningfield of Johns Hopkins University, the disinformation continues to spread.
Wednesday, 11/29 will be the live press conference from Atlanta at 11:00 AM ET. AKA is urging consumers to take part in the petition drive, get signatures on an Open letter to acting administrator Patterson and then on Thursday, 11/30 reach out to legislators. Despite the fact that many scientists, researchers and medical professionals (not to mention millions of users) assert that kratom is not only safe, but life-changing and beneficial, we have a long way to go to preserve our freedom to use this plant. Even if you're not a kratom user, the idea of legislative overreach concerns everyone.