FDA Fails to Provide Credible Data on Kratom

FDA Fails to Provide Credible Data and Science to Justify Scheduling Kratom as Schedule I Substance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to have kratom listed as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) is filled with errors and omissions, according to a new report from the American Kratom Association (AKA).  The AKA report maintains that FDA fails to meet the burden of proof necessary to propose such a radical change in Kratom’s regulatory status.

“To meet the standard, which would put kratom on par with heroin, LSD, Quaaludes, and peyote, the FDA must submit an eight-factor analysis that conclusively demonstrates with scientific evidence that kratom is dangerously addictive and presents a risk to the safety of the public,” explains Charles M. “Mac” Haddow, Senior Fellow of Public Policy at the American Kratom Association.  “They have clearly failed to meet that prerequisite.”


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