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DEA to make controversial #drug #kratom illegal at the end of September

September 11, 2016

DEA to make controversial drug kratom illegal at the end of September

The DEA says that kratom is a dangerous substitute for opiate-like drugs like heroin, so on September 30, it is set to be classified illegal as a schedule 1 drug.

But kratom supporters say that this all-natural substance is harmless, and making it illegal will do more harm than good.

"I'm 58 years old. I'm a mother of three, a grandmother of seven. My son is a registered nurse. If he thought I was high, he would never trust me with his four children," said Peg, who has been running the online Kratom Forum for more than 10 years and says that most of the people on her forum who use the supplement are 40 and older. "These aren't kids out looking for a legal high. These are working people who just want a plant that will help them with their daily lives."

Kratom's biological name is Mitragyna Speciosa and is a natural tree native to southeast Asia. It can be ingested whole by eating the leaves, but more commonly you'll see it made into a tea or ground into a capsule that's sold at many smoke shops.....

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