One of the problems with taking opioid medication for chronic pain is the possibility of overdose. According to the CDC there are 44 deaths every single day that are a result of prescription opioid overdose.
Now, contrast that with what is known about kratom and respiratory depression.
Direct kratom overdoses from the life threatening respiratory depression that usually occurs with opioid overdoses have not been reported. – Oliver Grundmann, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry University of Florida via Vice’s article by Maia Svalavitz
Maia Svalavitz recently wrote an engaging piece about kratom last month just after New York, Florida and Georgia introduced legislation that proposed to ban kratom and make it a controlled substance. This would deny thousands of people access to a botanical that has been used for hundreds of years in Thailand without any fatalities from kratom toxicity. The only known cases where kratom has been alleged to be a the cause of death, other substances were found in the system of the person – usually an already controlled substance.
So, if all these controlled substances are causing 44 people a day to die in the United States, why are legislators trying to turn kratom into one? Banning another substance will not solve the addiction problem for those who struggle with Substance Use Disorders.
It seems as if America has fallen into an “Addiction Treatment Trap” according to Dr. Stanton Peele, whose work in the field of addiction challenges the mainstream theories of that are currently the accepted norm.
Peele recently stated in an article on The Fix that:
“Opioid deaths, along with the heroin epidemic—begin with painkillers. Not only are most deaths related to painkillers, but the standard heroin addiction narrative is that a person became addicted to a painkiller, like OxyContin, and then moved on to heroin because it was cheaper and easier to obtain, given restrictions placed on painkillers. Of course, given that opioid painkillers have been around for a century (oxycodone was synthesized in 1916), why do we have our current epidemic? Is it because we don’t have enough addiction treatment programs?