We don’t get political but Libertarians have the right idea on Kratom!
From Westword –
As we’ve reported, kratom has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration took steps to reclassify it as a Schedule I narcotic in August 2016 before reversing course the following year. The change in approach was undoubtedly influenced by public backlash; approximately 140,000 people signed a petition to the White House opposing the DEA’s proposal, and a group of 51 U.S. senators and representatives sent a letter to Chuck Rosenberg, the agency’s acting head, questioning it.
Nevertheless, the feds continued to view INCORRECTLY kratom consumption as dangerous, attributing fifteen deaths between 2014 and 2016 to its use, even though fourteen of the victims had other drugs or illegal substances in their systems when they died.
In November, Denver Environmental Health issued a human-consumption ban on kratom, a plant-based substance that advocates tout as a pain reliever lacking the well-known negative effects of more powerful opioids. Now the Libertarian Party of Colorado is formally decrying the move, and the organization’s spokesperson reveals that it’s a very personal subject for her. After all, she’s a user of kratom who believes her life would be infinitely worse if she could no longer take it.
“Who is the government to tell me that I can’t have a functional life and have to live with excruciating pain that makes me want to kill myself?” asks Caryn Ann (A Kratom User)
– A familiar story –
“I have a degenerative back disorder, spinal stenosis, and I’ve been on and off Vicodin for fifteen years,” Harlos says. “I used to live in Florida, and Florida doctors are way different than Colorado doctors. Florida doctors helped me manage my pain. But when I moved to Colorado, the federal government started cracking down on opioids, and when I’d try to get legitimate pain medication, they made me feel like a criminal. I felt like I was having to rearrange my whole life around doctors visits and peeing in cups. That’s one reason why people with a legitimate need for these substances were living in terror.”
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