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DEA Just Banned a Natural Plant that Can Cure Opioid Addiction — Proving Loyalty to Big Pharma

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Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) moved to ban the popular pain relief supplement kratom by temporarily placing it on the Schedule 1 list, which denotes “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse” – the most restrictive classification under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

A notice of intent to classify kratom was placed on the Federal Register on August 31, with plans to temporarily categorize the supplement as a Schedule I substance on September 30, according to a filing by the DEA:

Notice of Intent

The Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration is issuing this notice of intent to temporarily schedule the opioids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, which are the main active constituents of the plant kratom, into schedule I pursuant to the temporary scheduling provisions of the Controlled Substances Act. This action is based on a finding by the Administrator that the placement of these opioids into schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act is necessary to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety. Any final order will impose the administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions and regulatory controls applicable to schedule I controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act on the manufacture, distribution, possession, importation, and exportation of, and research and conduct of instructional activities of these opioids.

One of the major problems with this contention is the fact that Kratom is used by many people suffering from opioid addiction to successfully recover from severe physical and psychological dependence on pharmaceutical opioids, such as Oxycontin, and heroin.

According to a report by David Kroll in Forbes:

Various forms of kratom and teas made from the plant’s leaves are sold in cafes and on the internet. Their primary effect is to provide a short-lived peaceful and calm feeling that is described as pleasant. Consistent with this effect being opioid-like, anecdotal reports indicate that some users have used kratom to successfully recover from physical and psychological dependence on prescription opioids and heroin. Comments on my last report on kratom have also indicated the successful use of teas made from the plant in managing chronic pain without the side effects and addictive potential of prescription opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine.

The DEA seems to be clearly ignoring the latest in scientific literature. In just the last two months, peer-reviewed research has revealed that kratom could potentially be a much safer alternative to deadly prescription opioids.

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The latest research indicates that the main component of the herb, the alkaloid mitragynine, and its metabolite and oxidation product, 7-hydroxymitragynine, produce an effect on certain opioid receptors separate from many of the mechanisms that precipitate many opioid side effects.

Forbes reports:

As far as the DEA is concerned, the fact that people in other countries have used kratom for centuries to ease pain, boost work performance, and wean themselves from opiate addiction counts for nothing. All the DEA needs to know is that our shores have been invaded by a foreign drug that is increasingly popular among Americans as a home remedy and recreational intoxicant. From the DEA’s perspective, that is intolerable, regardless of the drug’s hazards or benefits.

Although the CDC reported in July that kratom can be abused and that poison control centers have received over 660 calls between 2010 and 2015 regarding kratom intoxication, these numbers pale in comparison to the extreme death that follows prescription opioids, which are the leading cause of drug death in the United States.

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014.

Recently the state of North Carolina decided not to restrict or criminalize the sale and use of kratom and chose to simply put an 18+ age restriction on the supplement due to the numerous testimonials regarding the benefits of kratom tea and its therapeutic qualities.

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These moves by the DEA must be seen for what they truly are – an attempt by the federal government to protect the big pharma industry. Kratom, a plant, could drastically cut into the financial bottom line of the opioid death peddlers. However, the federal government instead works to protect the big pharma industry by outlawing the substance in such a way that even studying it would become a criminal act.

There is no question that kratom has medicinal uses as the National Institute of Health has noted on its website. The DEA’s ignorant stance, which blatantly ignores the latest scientific research, reveals an agenda at play that has little if anything to do with keeping people safe, and everything to do with protecting drug makers.

Please share this article to wake other people up to the fact that the DEA is only operating as the guardians of the big pharma monopoly!

  • Robert Farrior

    All in government are in collusion and cooperation with the pharmaceutical industry! They must all be removed from power, and the pharmaceutical industry must be taken over and its constituents punished!
    Revolution now!
    robertsrevolution.net

    • Mark R. Fortman

      I like it!

    • nate johnson

      They want us to revolt , so they can bring in the United nations, which controls america, and they can take our guns and murder us all, thus establishing more control. So either way they are going to run us over, no one is going to fight anyway it seems, just find Jesus, otherwise it is not going to matter.

  • Nishi

    I guess they just want us in pain.

    • Hill Billy

      No, they want us to buy/use big pharma’s synthetic, deadly drugs. Ive never seen such an example of corruption as this!

  • OvidiuGOA

    Wow DEA is so corrupt

    • Mark R. Fortman

      But no worse than the FDA, most of whom are on the payrolls of big pharma. If that’s not a case of letting the wolves into the hen house!

      • nate johnson

        Well, FDA is terrible yes! They all are, I will give a special recognition , to the filthiest of the filthy, food company, drum roll please! wait for it… almost….. MONSANTO!! This Company is a publicly traded American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation headquartered in Creve Coeur, Greater St. Louis, Missouri. It is a leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed and Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide. Basically, they are poisoning us all very badly! Monsantos is the cause of zika, zika existed before, and never seemed to harm ANYONE. And it was quickly linked to something else, suspiciously. But in reality, it was caused by this disgusting company. The increase in this birth defect, in which the baby is born with an abnormally small head and often has brain damage, was quickly linked to the Zika virus by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. However, according to the Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns, the Ministry failed to recognise that in the area where most sick people live, a chemical larvicide that produces malformations in mosquitoes was introduced into the drinking water supply in 2014. This poison, Pyriproxyfen, is used in a State-controlled programme aimed at eradicating disease-carrying mosquitoes.

        The Physicians added that the Pyriproxyfen is manufactured by Sumitomo Chemical, a Japanese “strategic partner” of Monsanto. Pyriproxyfen is a growth inhibitor of mosquito larvae, which alters the development process from larva to pupa to adult, thus generating malformations in developing mosquitoes and killing or disabling them. It acts as an insect juvenile hormone or juvenoid, and has the effect of inhibiting the development of adult insect characteristics (for example, wings and mature external genitalia) and reproductive development. It is an endocrine disruptor and is teratogenic (causes birth defects), according to the Physicians.

        The Physicians commented: “Malformations detected in thousands of children from pregnant women living in areas where the Brazilian state added Pyriproxyfen to drinking water are not a coincidence, even though the Ministry of Health places a direct blame on the Zika virus for this damage.”

        They also noted that Zika has traditionally been held to be a relatively benign disease that has never before been associated with birth defects, even in areas where it infects 75% of the population.

        Larvicide the most likely culprit in birth defects

        And/or the genetically modified mosquitoes . Why are they even messing with creation? Messing with insects genetically JUST LIKE they mess with our food. Look at your food labels, a lot of them are now even being up front and telling you that they are genetically modified, or produced with so called genetic engineering. That is pure sick. Ban it? Did you also know that U.S.A uses a certain pesticides that are BANNED everywhere else. And gmo’s and pesticides are scientifically proven to cause health problems despite what they tell you folks.

  • cetude
    • Ankit90

      legalized drugs have side effects, have you seen USA drug commercials

    • Hill Billy

      Ive used kratom for a long while & NEVER had any of those side effects. BS article.

      • cetude

        you must be hooked on it since you say you used it for a long while

        • You dont know what a maintenance medication is? You’d raher we get “hooked” on oxy or deadly fentanyl, huh? Wvich pharmaceutical company are you with?! ??

          • cetude

            Maintenance medication? You mean hooked on dope.

          • Have a seat while the grown ups converse, sweetheart.

        • FiuToYou

          You’re hooked on stupidity! Why call this man a liar, when he speaks the truth, troll!

        • Benito Camela

          Do you feed your stupid little cat catnip?

          If not, do you think catnip should result in felony charges and jail time?

          Any more plants you want the DEA to criminalize while you watch tens of thousands of people die every year from opioid addiction and overdoses?

          Are you always a worthless troll like this?

          • cetude

            catnip–is hardly addictive. Not to humans at least. Since you mentioned catnip you can buy that anywhere. Enjoy.

        • Sherry Mackey

          you must work for big pharma

    • Kratom saved my life. It’s related to the coffee plant… Which can also have “bad side effects”….

    • Mark R. Fortman

      You description sounds more appropriate for alcohol, rather than kratom. And so we need the big bad DEA to classify it as a Schedule I drug. Oh please, let us worry about the negatives which are far outweighed by the positives of this substance. You must be a real idiot!

      • FiuToYou

        Must be? He is, beyond the shadow of a doubt, an idiot!

    • FiuToYou

      Bullshit!!! You need to get your head out into the sunshine. Kratom has been used for thousands of years and even used to rid the addiction of heroin. Don’t believe the bs they spew!

    • Anna Van Z

      You are ignorant and uninformed, and spouting the nonsense of your kind. Don’t use it if you don’t like it, but your ilk will not be telling me what I can and cannot put into my own body.

    • You shouldn’t get info from propaganda sites. Every death involving kratom was due to its concomitant use with OTHER things, like alcohol or heroin.

  • There goes my quality of live… once I run out, big pharma wins when I am FORCED by the DEA to seek them out… legal or not. This is an idiotic decision, FED!!

    • Daniel Cameron

      The DEA has warned against stocking up and said they will make busts of people who stocked up to show they are serious. Such a sad day.

      • They can’t bust everyone.

      • Not worried… Particularly since we got our delay, and will have the issue open to public comments, as it rightfully should’ve been to start with 🙂

  • revolutionschmevolution

    Absolute tragedy and demonstration as to just how corrupt the DEA has become! Americans need to rise up and shout “NO” directly to the DEA and justice department. Enough is enough and this is a travesty beyond just another gross violation or our right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. It actually blocks us from choosing the health treatments that are actually effective and safe! I love America but I have no more tolerance for our inept and corrupt government. We all need to grow a pair and stand up to the DEA not just “twitter” about it.

    • Mark R. Fortman

      I like it, but why just the DEA? All of our government has become dirty and deserves a just end to their corruption. Whitehouse goin’ down, down down down!

      • Benito Camela

        It’s called sticking to the subject, Mark. And the current subject is the imminent creation of an arbitrary criminal class of people subject to search, siezure and jail time for mere possession of yet another plant.

        Yes, of course the government is out of control and our liberties have been under assault for decades as the result, mostly, of the War on (some) Drugs.

        But there are only a few agencies that have the direct power to kill you or permanently revoke your freedoms and the DEA has morphed into one of them. So let’s try to stay focused.

  • Mark R. Fortman

    This is the same industry that recently raised the price on the “Epipen”, the only drug effective for a deadly allergic or asthmatic reaction, from around $125 to $4oo, but they’ve now agreed to come up with some $ saving coupons. BIG DEAL! These thieves need to be taken out and ____, don’t you think? Unfortunately, Hillary is in bed with big pharma. I wonder if she is getting enough $ for being a whore? But I’ll be damned if I’ll vote for Trump.

    • Daniel Cameron

      Hopefully that doesn’t mean you will vote for Hillary either. Both are horrible choices and if I vote I will vote third party but what scares me about Hillary is she is the most corrupt politician the US has ever known and she has a long history of being a sold out liar and war whore. If she wins we could very likely see world war 3 in her first term. Please don’t vote for her or Trump. Both are completely evil and sold out to big money. Hillary has never met a war she hasn’t liked.

    • nate johnson

      Dude, they are all in bed with them, presidents and politicians are just barely the surface, there are bankers and globalists that control them, they control the world, This world is for sure going down, and it WILL be controlled, more and more and more, until finally they destroy the world. Jesus will come and slay them all, people need to hurry and repent and find Jesus, while He may be found. I included, I have been a victim of opiate addiction, then another victim of bupe, which is supposed to help your opiate addiction, but now i can not get off subs either. So they just want to kill us, they are even spraying lithium in the sky. Ask nasa, they are evil bastards just like everyone else. But hilary and trump and obama and all politicians are bad. They make us think we have a choice, but what choice is choosing between a bunch of crooks?

  • Marisoul Arlen Plath

    The Kratom community is trying the best it can to make something happen. A lot of us are very hopeful people and there is power in numbers and money. If you believe in our cause, it can’t hurt to either sign the petition here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/please-do-not-make-kratom-schedule-i-substance or donate monetarily to our cause here: https://americankratomassociation.nationbuilder.com/donate We are thankful for your time and help.

    • nate johnson

      People want to complain, but not do shit, look at all of the people against this, besides the brainwashed people, and they still don’t sign the petition, they are just too affected by all of the chemicals in our food, water, in our air, and all of the vaccines that are 100 percent poison and evidence shows they do not work anyway, vaccines are not to help, they are to hurt. That is why they constantly push us to get mist and shots and it is always FREE. But we all know they are greedy, so what is up? EVERYONE, LOOK UP THE DANGERS AND EVIDENCE OF VACCINES, AND CASES WHERE THEY ARE MURDERING PEOPLE WITH THEM, AND CAUSING AUTISM, AND ALL THE OTHER DISEASES THAT NEVER EXISTED UNTIL THE 20TH CENTURY IF THAT! THEY CREATE DISEASE! ON PURPOSE. TIME to start LISTENING TO REALITY . Please.

  • Ed

    I wonder when the media will start naming names of the Geniuses with the DEA who continue to deny cannabis has medical uses? Folks we need to call it Cannabis from now on, Marijuana is so DEA!

    • BbqKing

      Better yet hemp.

  • DonRice

    This is reminiscent of a few years ago when a health-promoting herb was made illegal because a pro basketball player died from misusing it. I forget what herb it was or which ball player. But there was an article I read indicating that more people died from using tylenol properly that from misusing that herb.

    • FiuToYou

      . With the exception of laws passed in Wisconsin, Vermont, Tennessee and Indiana, Kratom is legal in the other 46 states. Stock up while you can!!!

    • Hill Billy

      Ephedra?

  • Tom Hart

    If you follow the trail you will find that this bs springs directly from the increasingly fertile loins of Agenda 21. It will be enforced under the self anointed power of the U.S. Attorney generals autonomously authored Title 21, all because big pharma cannot reproduce the benign benefits of kratom in its labs. More people have died from infections caused by trimming their toenails.
    Kratom prices will skyrocket and prisons will fill up even faster.
    Thank god the government is saving us from ourselves.

  • FiuToYou

    I used ‘kratom’ for severe pain after back surgery. Worked great. Trouble is you can just about grow it anywhere and big pharma can’t get rich and ….well as for the DEA, what can you expect from mutants. Doggy do do has more brains then this worthless agency!!!

  • cetude

    Lots of dopeheads defending this plant. Wow. It must be good stuff!

  • Hill Billy

    I foresee a helluva alotta sales of RapidGro fertilizer & sunlight bulbs at WalMart in October?

    In addition kratom alkaloids dont show up on any opiate drug screen. The only lab test that confirms kratom use is prohibitively expensive so this blunder is either gonna fail or cause the DEA a huge amount of negative publicity ultimately exposing their true reason for banning it….which sure as hell aint public safety.

  • Benito Camela

    How interesting. Respiratory failure (a common symptom of opioid
    overdose) is not one of the listed side effects here ( http://drugabuse.com/trading-dependencies-theres-nothing-mild-about-a-kratom-addiction/ ) or in any scientific – or at least transparent and rigorous – research or anecdotal evidence which includes emergency room admittances and calls to poison control. Yet the DEA cites the possibility respiratory failure as one reason for the sudden categorization of Kratom to Schedule 1 status, alongside heroin. So you have people responsibly using kratom to wean themselves from numerous pharmaceuticals and people using it recreationally. The numbers of calls to poison control centers are a hundredth of a percent of those associated with things like laundry soap pouches and….wait for it….pharmaceutical opioids (in most cases actually prescribed).

    What’s the solution? Turn possession of kratom immediately into a felony, throw people in jail, confiscate assets and otherwise ruin the lives of otherwise law abiding US citizens.

    Yeah, thanks DEA – you’re doing more than a wonderful job as the bought and paid for guardians of big pharma profits and this action shows (as if the decades long war on marijuana didn’t already) that you’re willing to do all of the above and worse to ensure the
    viability of your agency and the DEA jobs program in the face of the looming country-wide legalization of marijuana.

    Prohibition and throwing people in cages has always worked so well. But what do we expect when an accountability-free authority like DEA is faced with the imminent prospect of losing 75% of their operating budget?

    This is called CORRUPTION, America. Wake up.

    • BbqKing

      They will never ban narcotics, they can’t, people’s live’s will be ruined. Grandma and Grandpa will be suffering horribly. Workers will not be able to do their jobs.

  • Remus

    Dea is as crooked as they come. The decision to ban kratom didn’t come from idiocy or ignorance, it came from greed.

  • Jennifer Woodall Jackson

    They are making something as great as kratom illegal,something that actually helps and doesn’t cause nasty side effects/2 yr long withdrawals from it,like big pharma drugs do!It makes me beyond mad!Here’s a video that shows the damage/suffering these LEGAL medications cause!I hope this opens everyone eyes up to how bad big pharma and their drugs are!Big pharma causes nothing but suffering!Their drugs keep ppl sick!Their drugs addict your brains to where you have to take them for life!They made the perfect money making drug when they made these psych drugs!It’s horrific and scary what they do to ppl!Go to youtube and watch these psychiatry documentaries!It will open your eyes to how these drugs came about and the damage they truly do!Their drugs are causing ppl to commit suicide/kill their kids and other horrendous acts.It’s not their “mental illness” that did it,it’s these drugs!They won’t tell anyone about that though!They blame it on a persons mental illness!SCARY STUFF!It’s ok for that to be legal,but lord forbid someone finds a plant that truly helps them and brings peace to the world!Oh no!Then it has to be made illegal because they can’t profit on it!It’s ridiculous! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN7Ck4yzl4g

  • Jennifer Woodall Jackson

    Since coming off of xanax/klonopin 8 mths ago,i have hardly been able to function from benzo withdrawal syndrome.The damage those prescribed drugs caused me has been horrendous!I have seen a side of prescription meds i never knew existed!The amount of ppl suffering for years due to psych meds/benzos is beyond horrible!Words CAN NOT describe it!These pharma drugs cause misery and suffering beyond belief!Majority of ppl never even abused these drugs either!I never abused benzos AT ALL but yet i’m suffering brain damaging type symptoms,even at 8 mths off them!After 41 yrs,i have opened my eyes to how these drugs took away 17 yrs of my life and kept me depressed and beyond miserable no matter how well life was going!These meds caused me to become disabled!Drugs that are legal and that i NEVER abused!Effexor was the 1st to begin my vicious cycle that kept me mentally sick and led to more psych meds and eventually benzos!Big pharma came out with the perfect poisons to get peoples brains hook for life!The withdrawals from psych meds/benzos cause horrible mental symptoms,which make ppl think they are mentally ill and in turn make them get on more psych drugs!These drugs cause medication spellbinding(google it!).To where you don’t realize these drugs are making you sicker or crazier!Big pharma drugs are 1000xs worse than kratom EVER will be!Big pharma wants us on their drugs!Kratom takes over a lot of psych drugs/benzos/pain meds/methadone among others!They will take kratom and make their own drugs with it!Everyone PLEASE extensively research ALL medications prescribed!If there’s a support group for it,RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN!Please never take a benzo and if you are on one,join these support groups to learn everything about it!There’s things about benzos drs will NOT tell you!These medications are DANGEROUS!Coming off of them,you can be in withdrawals for 2 YEARS!People tapering slowly for 2 yrs are still hardly able to function due to the horrific withdrawals!These meds give you interdose/tolerance withdrawals even before you attempt to quit them!I know you all will look for alternatives now and i wanted to warn you all PLEASE don’t run to a benzo and i would not run to any psych drugs either!They are down right SCARY medications!Here’s a video that will change the way you ever look at another psych drug/psych dr or big pharma ever again!I feel like this is the yr for everyone to open their eyes to big pharma/damage and the suffering medications cause!This yr was the very first benzo awareness day,where we talk about how ppls lives were ruined and they became disabled due to the damage these meds caused them!I have learned more in 8 mths than i EVER have,about these pharma poisons and the horrific hell they cause ppl.Educate yourselves on these psych meds/benzos before you take them,or possibly ever get prescribed them!I just heard about kratom a mth ago,it changed my friends life.I tried it last week and it helped my benzo withdrawals some.It devastates me what they are doing!A plant that truly helps without harming like these pharma poisons do to ppl!One good thing can come from this,it will finally open everyone’s eyes to big pharma and the dangers of the poisons they sale to us!They are messing with ppls brains and causing suffering no one has a clue about! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFkivsEy3CI

    • BbqKing

      You’re weak, weak minded. You should have been on valium not zannie bars. If you were taking xanax you were abusing them and you know it. I bet you are high right now.

  • Shanda Lyn Wooten

    Oh the joys of what Obama and his corrupt administration has done to America. With opioid addiction affecting so many today that spans ALL ages this is an absolute disgrace!!

  • Alex Tupa

    #IAmKratom

  • Anna Van Z

    Here are some vids that show why many of us need legal access to this plant:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3DJrcDzo5s&feature=youtu.be

    Please share if you have natural medicine fan friends, and ask them to share, too!

  • dave

    The most corrupt government in US history and people need to wake the [email protected] up and start to see that..

  • William

    I call B.S on the Big Pharma angle. Based on this article from 2014 on the Natural Products Insider website. “Big pharma” may have a lot less to do with this all of this than “Big Supplements”:

    “Given the widespread availability of kratom, the dietary supplement industry is concerned about the potential dangers to consumers who may believe that they are consuming a safe, regulated product when they are not,” the trade groups wrote in a July 18, 2013 letter to Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., FDA’s director of the division of dietary supplement programs.” http://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/news/2014/03/fda-states-mount-war-on-kratom.aspx

    We all instinctively thought Big Pharma was behind this, but is this really just a bait and switch to cover up a money grab attempt by the supplements industry? I mean if kratom becomes regulated, who has the facilities in place to package and sell it to regulatory standards? Probably the people on the front lines arguing for regulation in the first place. Probably not the companies selling it now, the ones who stuck their necks out to create the kratom market to begin with.

    Big Supplements’ feigned safety concerns over kratom ring hollow considering it has serious issues when it comes to quality control product safety. “6. Recently, several studies used DNA testing to try to see if supplements actually contained what was listed on the bottle. The results were alarming, with one study conducted by the New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office finding that 79% of supplements failed their DNA test.” https://consumerist.com/2016/01/20/7-things-you-need-to-know-from-frontlines-investigation-on-supplements-safety/

    I’m also disturbed that people who don’t fall in with the party line on this are having their comments deleted by the head of their own advocacy association (AKA)! I plan to take off work to attend the march, but this kind of action gives me pause. After all, this is exactly what the DEA is doing to us by not allowing us to submit public comments ahead of the intended scheduling.

    At any rate, I’m very concerned about what will happen to the kratom community. Whoever is behind this has the blood on their hands of every would be would-be recovery that doesn’t happen when the supply lines are forced to close. I smell a rat.

  • Lynda

    The USA has about 325 million people. Out of all those people only three calls a week have been made to poison control over kratom use and most of those might not have even been serious. However take a look at how many people die every year from prescription drugs. content://com.sec.android.app.sbrowser/savepage/0907155546.mhtml

  • Lynda

    Prescription drugs cause 100,000 deaths per year in the USA.

  • Lynda

    The USA has about 325 million people. Out of all those people less than three calls a week have been made to poison control over kratom use and most of those might not have even been serious. However take a look at how many people die every year from prescription drugs.http://yournewswire.com/100000-deaths-per-year-in-the-u…/

  • Lynsey Lou

    So let me get this straight. Doctors are too afraid to prescribe opiates for people in pain for fear of losing their licenses. Patient is referred to a very expensive pain management doctor who will in turn treat you like an addict, make you pee in a cup at every visit like a criminal, and still not get the meds they need. If you are LEGITIMATELY in pain and need help, like myself from a botched ankle and foot surgery, the doctors treat you like a criminal and essentially place fear in patients to not even ask for help. That’s me anyway, I’m in terrible pain all the time but I’m afraid to ask for help, to be labeled a drug seeker. So I found an alternative with kratom and marijuana. It has helped some. Together they get me by most days. I should mention I live in a marijuana legal state. But now, they are going to take away the one thing I can take to ease my pain, threaten me with jail time if I use it, and offer no other alternative. Makes perfect freaking sense. The government and the “war on drugs” is becoming more absurd. What are we to do? I understand there are addicts out there that abuse the hell out of pain medication and that is part of the issue, I’m not saying there aren’t. But what about those of us that need legitimate help and have no options left? THIS is why so many people buy them on the street. It’s the only option left. It’s sad, frustrating, and I’m out of options. So many are now.

  • James

    Sign pitition https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/ and leave message to DEA administrators # 202-307-7297 and 202-690-7694

  • nate johnson

    Our food and stuff is all controlled by like 6 different companies, which years ago was way more than 6, once it becomes a small number controlling everything, they start taking advantage, and since there is no other producers, they start poisoning and controlling. Which also reminds me, STOP GOING TO WAL-MART, if you have not realized, every single year the businesses get smaller and smaller, and big corps. get bigger and bigger, they control everything, and they WILL cut us off very soon. But people just keep feeding them and giving them total control. The number of Doritos chip varieties may be on the rise, but the number of companies that own our food is shrinking. A new map published on Business Insider shows the top 10 food companies and what they own, and not surprisingly, they own almost everything. You can count all the companies with just two hands: PepsiCo, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Associated British Foods, Mondēlez (formerly Kraft Foods), Mars, Danone, Unilever, Coca-Cola and Nestle.

    The information for the map comes from Oxfam America’s “Behind the Brands” campaign. And as for the DEA, AND FDA, They are pure evil as well. This world is ran by greedy evil pigs who want to poison us all and make money from it. They aren’t doing it JUST for money, and they are not doing it JUST to kill us. They are doing it for the combination, They would pay money to murder is if they absolutely had too, but they take delight in the simple fact that they knock out two birds with one stone[in this case two diseased birds] by making money off of something they wanted to happen anyway, and what they want to happen, my dear friends, is US all to die.

    • BbqKing

      Wow you are paranoid.

  • nate johnson

    1. Multiple Toxins From GMOs Detected In Maternal and Fetal Blood

    Research from Canada (the first of its kind) has successfully identified the presence of pesticides -associated with genetically modified foods in maternal, fetal and non-pregnant women’s blood. They also found the presence of Monsanto’s Bt toxin. The study was published in the Journal Reproductive Toxicology in 2011.(1) You can read the FULL study here.

    “Given the potential toxicity of these environmental pollutants and the fragility of the fetus, more studies are needed, particularly those using the placental transfer approach. Thus, our present results will provide baseline data for future studies exploring a new area of research relating to nutrition, toxicology and reproduction in women. Today, obstetric-gynecological disorders that are associated with environmental chemicals are not known. Thus, knowing the actual concentration of genetically modified foods in humans constitutes a cornerstone in the advancement of research in this area.” (1)

    The study used blood samples from thirty pregnant women and thirty non-pregnant women. The study also pointed out that the fetus is considered to be highly susceptible to the adverse affects of xenobiotics (foreign chemical substance found within an organism that is not naturally produced.) This is why the study emphasizes that knowing more about GMOs is crucial, because environmental agents could disrupt the biological events that are required to ensure normal growth and development.

    2. DNA From Genetically Modified Crops Can Be Transferred Into Humans Who Eat Them

    In a new study published in the peer reviewed Public Library of Science (PLOS), researchersemphasize that there is sufficient evidence that meal-derived DNA fragments carry complete genes that can enter into the human circulation system through an unknown mechanism.(2)

    In one of the blood samples the relative concentration of plant DNA is higher than the human DNA. The study was based on the analysis of over 1000 human samples from four independent studies. PLOS is an open access, well respected peer-reviewed scientific journal that covers primary research from disciplines within science and medicine. It’s great to see this study published in it, confirming what many have been suspected for years.

    “Our bloodstream is considered to be an environment well separated from the outside world and the digestive tract. According to the standard paradigm large macromolecules consumed with food cannot pass directly to the circulatory system. During digestion proteins and DNA are thought to be degraded into small constituents, amino acids and nucleic acids, respectively, and then absorbed by a complex active process and distributed to various parts of the body through the circulation system. Here, based on the analysis of over 1000 human samples from four independent studies, we report evidence that meal-derived DNA fragments which are large enough to carry complete genes can avoid degradation and through an unknown mechanism enter the human circulation system. In one of the blood samples the relative concentration of plant DNA is higher than the human DNA. The plant DNA concentration shows a surprisingly precise log-normal distribution in the plasma samples while non-plasma (cord blood) control sample was found to be free of plant DNA.” (2)

    This still doesn’t mean that GMOs can enter into our cells, but given the fact GMOs have been linked to cancer (later in this article) it is safe to assume it is indeed a possibility. The bottom line is that we don’t know, and this study demonstrates another cause for concern.

    3. New Study Links GMOs To Gluten Disorders That Affect 18 Million Americans

    This study was recently released by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), and uses data from the US department of Agriculture, US Environmental Protection Agency, medical journal reviews as well as other independent research. (3)(4) The authors relate GM foods to five conditions that may either trigger or exacerbate gluten-related disorders, including the autoimmune disorder, Celiac Disease:

    Intestinal permeability
    Imbalanced gut bacteria
    Immune activation and allergic response
    Impaired digestion
    Damage to the intestinal wall
    The Institute for Responsible technology is a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about GMO foods and crops. The institute reports and investigates on the impact GM foods can have on health, environment, agriculture and more.

    4. Study Links Genetically Modified Corn to Rat Tumors

    In November 2012, The Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology published a paper titled ‘Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize’ by Gilles-Eric Seralini and his team of researchers at France’s Caen University. (5)

    It was a very significant study, which obviously looks bad for the big bio tech companies like Monsanto, being the first and only long term study under controlled conditions examining the possible effects of a diet of GMO maize treated with Monsanto roundup herbicide.

    This study has since been retracted, which is odd, because the journal it was published in is a very well known, reputable peer reviewed scientific journal. In order for a study to be published here it has to go through a rigorous review process.

    It’s also important to note that hundreds of scientists from around the world have condemned the retraction of the study. This study was done by experts, and a correlation between GMOs and these tumors can’t be denied, something happened.

    The multiple criticisms of the study have also been answered by the team of researchers that conducted the study. You can read them and find out more about the study here.

    GM Crop Production is Lowering US Yields and Increasing Pesticide Use

    5. Glyphosate Induces Human Breast Cancer Cells Growth via Estrogen Receptors

    A study is published in the US National Library of Medicine (4) and will soon be published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. Several recent studies showed glyphosate’s potential to be an endocrine disruptor. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the hormone system in mammals. These disruptors can cause developmental disorders, birth defects and cancer tumors. (6)

    Glyphosate exerted proliferative effects only in human hormone-dependent breast cancer. We found that glyphosate exhibited a weaker estrogenic activity than estradiol. Furthermore, this study demonstrated the additive estrogenic effects of glyphosate and genisein which implied that the use of contaminated soybean products as dietary supplements may pose a risk of breast cancer because of their potential additive estrogenicity. (6)

    Researchers also determined that Monsanto’s roundup is considered an “xenoestrogen,” which is a foreign estrogen that mimics real estrogen in our bodies. This can cause a number of problems that include an increased risk of various cancers, early onset of puberty, thyroid issues, infertility and more.

    6. Glyphosate Linked To Birth Defects

    A group of scientists put together a comprehensive review of existing data that shows how European regulators have known that Monsanto’s glyphosate causes a number of birth malformations since at least 2002. Regulators misled the public about glyphosate’s safety, and in Germany the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety told the European Commission that there was no evidence to suggest that glyphosate causes birth defects. (7)

    Our examination of the evidence leads us to the conclusion that the current approval of glyphosate and Roundup is deeply flawed and unreliable. In this report, we examine the industry studies and regulatory documents that led to the approval of glyphosate. We show that industry and regulators knew as long ago as the 1980s and 1990s that glyphosate causes malformation – but that this information was not made public. We demonstrate how EU regulators reasoned their way from clear evidence of glyphosate’s teratogenicity in industry’s own studies to a conclusion that minimized these findings in the EU Commission’s final review report (7)

    Here is a summary of the report:

    Multiple peer-reviewed scientific literature documenting serious health hazards posed by glyphosate
    Industry (including Monsanto) has known since the 1980′s that glyphosate causes malformations in experimental animals at high doses
    Industry has known since 1993 that these effects could also occur at lower and mid doses
    The German government has known since at least 1998 that glyphosate causes malformations
    The EU Commission’s expert scientific review panel knew in 1999 that glyphosate causes malformations
    The EU Commission has known since 2002 that glyphosate causes malformations. This was the year DG SANCO division published its final review report, laying out the basis for the current approval of glyphosate
    Another study published by the American Chemical Society, from the university of Buenos Aires, Argentina also showed that Glyphosate can cause abnormalities.(8)

    The direct effect of glyphosate on early mechanisms of morphogenesis in vertebrate embryos opens concerns about the clinical findings from human offspring in populations exposed to glyphosate in agricultural fields (8)

    7. Study Links Glyphosate To Autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

    When you ingest Glyphosate, you are in essence altering the chemistry of your body. It’s completely unnatural and the body doesn’t resonate with it. P450 (CYP) is the gene pathway disrupted when the body takes in Glyphosate. P450 creates enzymes that assist with the formation of molecules in cells, as well as breaking them down. CYP enzymes are abundant and have many important functions. They are responsible for detoxifying xenobiotics from the body, things like the various chemicals found in pesticides, drugs and carcinogens. Glyphosate inhibits the CYP enzymes. The CYP pathway is critical for normal, natural functioning of multiple biological systems within our bodies. Because humans that’ve been exposed to glyphosate have a drop in amino acid tryptophan levels, they do not have the necessary active signalling of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is associated with weight gain, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. (9)

    8. Chronically Ill Humans Have Higher Glyphosate Levels Than Healthy Humans

    A new study out of Germany concludes that Glyphosate residue could reach humans and animals through feed and can be excreted in urine. It outlines how presence of glyphosate in urine and its accumulation in animal tissues is alarming even at low concentrations. (10)

    To this day, Monsanto continues to advertise its Roundup products as environmentally friendly and claims that neither animals nor humans are affected by this toxin. Environmentalists, veterinarians, medical doctors and scientists however, have raised increasing alarms about the danger of glyphosate in the animal and human food chain as well as the environment. The fact that glyphosate has been found in animals and humans is of great concern. In search for the causes of serious diseases amongst entire herds of animals in northern Germany, especially cattle, glyphosate has repeatedly been detected in the urine, feces, milk and feed of the animals. Even more alarming, glyphosate was detected in the urine of the farmers. (10)

    9. Studies Link GMO Animal Feed to Severe Stomach Inflammation and Enlarged Uteri in Pigs

    A study by scientist Judy Carman, PhD that was recently published in the peer reviewed journal Organic Systems outlines the effects of a diet mixed with GMO feed for pigs, and how it is a cause for concern when it comes to health. (11) Scientists randomized and fed isowean pigs either a mixed GM soy and GM corn (maize) diet for approximately 23 weeks (nothing out of the ordinary for most pigs in the United States), which is unfortunately the normal lifespan of a commercial pig from weaning to slaughter. Equal numbers of male and female pigs were present in each group. The GM diet was associated with gastric and uterine differences in pigs. GM pigs had uteri that were 25% heavier than non-GM fed pigs. GM-fed pigs had a higher rate of severe stomach inflammation with a rate of 32% compared to 125 of non-GM fed pigs.

    The study concluded that pigs fed a GMO diet exhibited a heavier uteri and a higher rate of severe stomach inflammation than pigs who weren’t fed a GMO diet. Because the use of GMO feed for livestock and humans is so widespread, this is definitely another cause for concern when it comes to GMO consumption. Humans have a similar gastrointestinal tract to pigs, and these GM crops are consumed widely by people, especially in the United States.

    10. GMO risk assessment is based on very little scientific evidence in the sense that the testing methods recommended are not adequate to ensure safety. (12)(13)(14)

    Deficiencies have been revealed numerous times with regards to testing GM foods.

    The first guidelines were originally designed to regulate the introduction of GM microbes and plants into the environment with no attention being paid to food safety concerns. However, they have been widely cited as adding authoritative scientific support to food safety assessment. Additionally, the Statement of Policy released by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States, presumptively recognizing the GM foods as GRAS (generally recognized as safe), was prepared while there were critical guidelines prepared by the International Life Sciences Institute Europe and FAO/WHO recommend that safety evaluation should be based on the concept of substantial equivalence, considering parameters such as molecular characterization, phenotypic characteristics, key nutrients, toxicants and allergens. Since 2003, official standards for food safety assessment have been published by the Codex Alimentarius Commission of FAO/WHO. Published reviews with around 25 peer-reviewed studies have found that despite the guidelines, the risk assessment of GM foods has not followed a defined prototype.(12) (15)

    “The risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) crops for human nutrition and health has not been systematic. Evaluations for each GM crop or trait have been conducted using different feeding periods, animal models and parameters. The most common results is that GM and conventional sources include similar nutritional performance and growth in animals. However, adverse microscopic and molecular effects of some GM foods in different organs or tissues have been reported. While there are currently no standardized methods to evaluate the safety of GM foods, attempts towards harmonization are on the way. More scientific effort is necessary in order to build confidence in the evaluation and acceptance of GM foods.” (12) (15)

    So, if anybody ever tells you that GMOs are completely safe for consumption, it’s not true. We just don’t know enough about them to make such a definitive statement. A lot of evidence actually points to the contrary.

    • BbqKing

      Write a book, FM.

  • BbqKing

    We must ban cars/trucks, there are way too many deaths from accidents and drunks. Everybody must take government supplied transportation to work from now on. Cars are WAY more deadly than any of these pills. Cigs should be banned too, they cause more deaths than everything combined.

  • toemasie .

    Very important things to know about what’s really going on with the drug war:
    -Gang stalking and the Infragard program go hand in hand with the drug war.
    -There are motorists who follow around suspected drug users/dealers 24/7. It’s not a conspiracy theory. It’s what’s happening. In fact, you can register on the Infragard website to become a gang stalker. You get paid to snitch.
    Guess what?
    -The dealers on the streets are GANG STALKERS TOO! They’re working the same program. Only because they’re drug addicted repeat offenders, law enforcement uses them as informants.
    The DEA are basically legalized drug dealers. The war on drugs is basically a pest control problem. They don’t want to eliminate the drugs, they want to keep them under “control.” They don’t want the people from nicer neighborhoods to venture into the ghetto to buy drugs. When that happens, that’s when the surveillance starts. With gang stalking and the DEA’s electronic surveillance:
    cars are hacked into
    homes are monitored via cameras
    email is hacked into
    phones are hacked into
    and street teams/neighbors make sure to monitor people 24/7.

    What happens when targeted individuals don’t stop using drugs? That’s when their dealers get supplied with poisoned drugs. Yes, the DEA poisons drugs. Why? Because those users are now labeled as “undesirables.” They’re not going along with the protocol. If they die, they can be used as reasoning why more money should be given to the DEA to fight those “nasty drug dealers.”
    Remember, the USA poisoned alcohol during prohibition
    Remember the USA poisoned marijuana fields in Mexico
    Remember the USA poisoned cocaine fields in Columbia
    Remember the heroin production increased by 35 fold when the USA raided Afghanistan
    Remember the USA is #1 in drug addicts.

    This is all by design. These drugs are used as weapons against us. As population control. They’re used to create revenue. This is why they don’t want people to stop using heroin or drugs. They lied to us about war. They’ll lie to us about the drug war too.

  • BIG DICK DADDY FROM CINCINNATI

    I almost lost two of my boys to opiates and may still lose a daughter. Kratom has absolutely saved my two boys, got them off of the opiates from surgeries. It’s a miracle plant and the DEA Officials can come to my house and then bend over and go fuck themselves in the ass because assholes is what they are. I’m so fuckn pissed at their greed to protect the legalized drug pharma pushers. I will knock out anyone on my property who attempts to take this miracle plant!