DEA holds off on ban­ning kratom af­ter back­lash

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND NATION & WORLD -

The U.S. Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion said Thurs­day that it had with­drawn plans to ban a South­east Asian plant called kratom, which has de­vel­oped a fol­low­ing in the United States among peo­ple who use its de­riv­a­tives to treat pain, opi­oid ad­dic­tion and mood dis­or­ders. The fed­eral agency had planned to list kratom’s ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in its most re­stric­tive cat­e­gory, which in­cludes heroin and mar­i­juana, at the end of Septem­ber. But it will now wait un­til the end of De­cem­ber so of­fi­cials can col­lect more pub­lic com­ments and al­low for a sci­en­tific eval­u­a­tion and sched­ul­ing rec­om­men­da­tion from the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion. The DEA had faced a back­lash from users, who claimed no other sub­stances worked

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