DEA reverses plan to ban kratom

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The United States Drug Enforcement Administration is reversing its decision to ban the use of kratom after a public outcry.

According to NPR, kratom is derived from a plant in southeast Asia, which is related to coffee plants. It is often purchased in the form of capsule filled with powdered leaf or made into tea.

The drug is said to have been able to help curing addiction to opiates or alcohol and can cure intractable pain. Although the drug is said to be rather mild, it can cause side effects including nausea, sweating, respiratory depression and hallucinations, according to Narconon.

Kratom is legal in Canada and the United Kingdom. It is prohibited in Thailand, Malaysia, Burma and Australia.

The DEA announced in August that it planned to place kratom in schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act, which includes heroin and LSD. It has received numerous oppositions from the public since the announcement.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of a kratom plant is processed into capsules and tea leaves
2. Depiction of the drug can cure addiction to opiates and alcohol and cure intractable pain
3. Side effects of kratom
4. Depiction of kratom legality in the world

VOICEOVER (in English):

“Kratom is derived from the leaves of a Southeast Asian tree related to coffee plants. It’s taken in capsules filled with powdered leaves, or made into tea.”

“The drug is said to have been able to help cure addiction to opiates or alcohol and can cure intractable pain.”

“Although it has a reputation as a mild drug, kratom can cause side effects including nausea, sweating, respiratory depression and hallucinations.”

“Kratom is legal in Canada and the United Kingdom. It is prohibited in Thailand, Malaysia, Burma and Australia.”

SOURCES: Narconon, Washington Post, NPR, Kratom Powders
http://www.narconon.org/drug-abuse/kratom-effects.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/12/the-dea-is-reversing-its-insane-decision-to-ban-the-opiate-like-plant-kratom-for-now/
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/10/12/497697627/kratom-gets-reprieve-from-drug-enforcement-administration
http://kratompowders.org/2015-kratom-legal-status/#