Recently VICE published an article, "Why Banning the Controversial Painkiller Kratom Could Be Bad News for America's Heroin Addicts" by Maia Szalavitz depicting all natural kratom in a more positive light than previous articles. The article discusses the benefits all natural kratom offers to people suffering from addiction. Szalavitz writes how a "growing number of Americans are finding it [kratom] to be a useful alternative to heroin and prescription pain relievers". Based on my experience, and the experiences of the people we serve I know this to be the truth. With so many articles negatively depicting kratom, it's nice to read an article showing the positive side of all natural kratom.
Szalavitz interviewed Mark Swogger, an assistant professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center, who along with the help of his team reviewed 161 'experience reports'. Mr. Swogger states, "I think it's pretty safe to say that kratom has at least some addiction potential". However, he goes on to say, "'overall, we found that it's really mild compared to opioid addiction and it didn't seem to last as long'. The most commonly reported negative experience was nausea or stomach pain, which 16 percent of the users experienced". When considering the side effects of most pharmaceuticals, nausea and stomach pain are not major health concerns. Yet, state by state kratom is being banned with no regard for those who's lives and wellbeing have been greatly improved.
Susan Ash, from the American Kratom Association
, was also interviewed by Szalavitz.
Mrs. Ash is the leading force behind kratom advocacy, and has dedicated the past several years of her life to promoting the truth beneath the leaf.
We need to stand together to stop the State of New York! Please take a few minutes to voice your opinion to members of the New York state legislature. Even if you do not live in New York you can still help by sharing the truth about kratom with the New York state legislature. The American Kratom Association has made it easy to voice your opinion with templates, and information needed on their New York Action Alert page.
The Time for Action is Now!
Please take a few minutes to help the plant that has, and will continue to help so many of us!