Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
This is not true for Kratom, it has been shown numerous times in reports from users to help recovering Opiate addicts, treat pain, combat depression and anxiety, and much more. Deaths that involve Kratom being a persons' system have always been from the result of mixing Kratom with other drugs, rather than Kratom alone. In states that banned Kratom, Alabama specifically, opiate usage and deaths went up after Kratom was banned in the state. Please stop the DEA from scheduling Kratom as Schedule I, there are many people who will suffer from this.
Response to Petition
Thank you for taking the time to sign this petition on the We the People platform.
While the White House does not have a role in decisions on how to schedule controlled substances, we can point you to a relevant announcement made by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on October 13, 2016:
The comment period will be open until December 1, 2016. DEA’s full announcement and information on how to submit comments can be found here.
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