The Federal Government Is Trying to Ban Kratom (Again)

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A year after the Drug Enforcement Administration attempted to ban the plant-based drug kratom, only to back down when users claimed it helped them with opioid withdrawal symptoms, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Monday that is has begun blocking the importation of kratom products.

“To fulfill our public health obligations, we have identified kratom products on two import alerts and we are working to actively prevent shipments of kratom from entering the U.S.,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced in a blog post today. His agency “has detained hundreds of shipments of kratom,” Gottlieb adds. “We’ve used our authority to conduct seizures and to oversee the voluntary destruction of kratom products. We’re also working with our federal partners to address the risks posed by these imports.”

Kratom is native to Southeast Asia and part of the coffee family. It works as a mild stimulant in low doses,

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