How can I help save Kratom?
TAKE ACTION TO SAVE KRATOM NOW!!!
We are now facing our darkest hour. The DEA has filed a notice of intent to schedule and ban kratom by September 30th, 2016. Countless people depend on this safe and effective herbal remedy related to coffee that was sacred to the Buddhists, who have used it safely for thousands of years. Many of you depend on this healing leaf for your general well-being, pain and suffering, depression, anxiety, PTSD, opioid dependency and more.
Experts have confirmed the 2 main alkaloids in kratom the DEA wishes to schedule (effectively banning the whole plant) are safe, effective and have many positive benefits. The recent decision to ban kratom federally comes after several failed attempts at the State level. It was your heartfelt testimonials, phone calls and letters that caught the ear of compassionate lawmakers. It's now time to send them to any and everyone with any influence over this action - our last chance! Here are several things you can do while we work the system from the inside with a top Washington, D.C. law firm.
WHAT YOU CAN DO!
1. Sign the Petition to the White House - http://tinyurl.com/jk3crus and make sure to confirm your email from the petition. Only sign ONE time. New goal is 200,000.
2. The results were good on the Contact Your Congressperson about the Dear Colleague Letter
Results: Total signees on the final Pocan/Salmon letter(s) was 51!
3. Contact Your Senator (see letter template) or Call
URGENT!!! SENATOR HATCH DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER IN NEED OF YOUR SENATOR'S SIGNATURE!
Senator Hatch is one of the longest serving senators and is probably the most well-known leader on dietary supplement issues in the country! We do have a draft copy but we can't share until it's finalized.
This is IT!!! We only have TWO days to get signees, but so many have shown interest thanks to all who have made calls and sent e-mails already!
Call, tell them your age and occupation, that you are a responsible consumer of the botanical kratom because it has *helped you by ______ and ask that they sign the Hatch Dear Colleague letter requesting the DEA to delay the proposed scheduling of Kratom "to allow for both a public comment period and sufficient time for the DEA to outline it's evidentiary standards to the Congress on the justification of this proposed action."
(In the morning he may have an original co-signer making it a bipartisan effort, so it may become the Hatch (R) and ________ (D) letter) .
Call 202-224-3121 and press option #1 for Senate. Find and e-mail your senator
Find yours here: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
4. Email the Assistant Secretary of Health
E-mail Karen B. DeSalvo, the Assistant Secretary of Health. E-mails and letters must be documented by all federal agencies for proof, phone calls are effective, but aren't documented in the same way. Please send any information you have from doctors, nurses, researchers, or papers from PubMed.
5. Call the DEA
Over the next few days, each and every one of you needs to call your closest DEA office (AND the main number: so 2 calls). Say something like you are a responsible adult Kratom consumer who uses Kratom as a botanical for *help with ________, give your age and occupation and ask that they please not emergency schedule Kratom.
Also tell them you are concerned that the DEA is focusing too much on Kratom, which is NOT an opiate (it's a novel substance made up of alkaloids that do not meet the definition) and actually helps people out of deadly opioid addiction, rather than fighting the actual opioid epidemic. We need to generate HUNDREDS OF CALLS. They're feeling the pressure but it's not enough.
For Domestic Field Offices nearest you:
Atlanta Division (404) 893-7000
New Jersey Division (973) 776-1100
New England Division (617) 557-2100
New Orleans Division (504) 840-1100
Caribbean Division (787) 277-4700
New York Division (212) 337-3900
Chicago Division (312) 353-7875
Philadelphia Division (215) 861-3474
Dallas Division (214) 366-6900
Phoenix Division (602) 664-5600
Denver Division (720) 895-4040
San Diego Division (858) 616-4100
Detroit Division (313) 234-4000
San Francisco Division (415) 436-7900
El Paso Division (915) 832-6000
Seattle Division (206) 553-5443
Houston Division (713) 693-3000
St. Louis Division (314) 538-4600
Los Angeles Division (213) 621-6700
Washington, DC Division (202) 305-8500
Miami Division (954) 660-4500
DEA Headquarters: (202) 307-1000
6. Donate to the American Kratom Association and buy a shirt!
We must raise an unprecedented amount of money to pay for our legal team, a public relations firm, lobbyists, scientists and more, but we also must raise money to keep our organization running if the ban goes into place so that we keep our doors open and work to reverse it.https://americankratomassociation.nationbuilder.com/donate or http://www.iamkratom.com/ for t-shirts. Click on AKA Fashions as we have more options available.
7. Share this AKA Fact Sheet
Share the AKA Fact Sheet: http://www.americankratom.org/aka_fact_sheet
Send these documents/link to journalist, legislators, law enforcement, friends and family so hopefully we can educate everybody including those higher up to better understand where Kratom stands as a medicinal herb.
8. Join our Facebook Group and the #iamkratom photo & video campaign
The Kratom March on the White House, Tuesday September 13 was a success! Please see our main page for a video including AKA Director Susan Ash.
Get all the up to the minute news here first https://www.facebook.com/groups/KeepKratomLegal/
THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION IS NOW! BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
*It's important not to copy and paste, please use your own words
We need YOUR help to fight the DEA's Intent to Schedule Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine, which would make Kratom (i.e., Mitragyna Speciosa) a controlled substance. Below is a letter template you can use to write to your Senator, your Congressperson, the Department of Justice, the Attorney General, the Office of Diversion, Drug Enforcement Administration or the (ASH) Acting Secretary for Health.
Dear Congressman ______ and Senator ________, etc. OR If writing to a committee member, for example, the House Judiciary Committee, use Honorary Committee Member (committees listed at the bottom)
Find your Senator: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
Find your Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
My name is ________, I'm a __-year old _________ from _________ and I’m your constituent (when writing your Congressman and Senator).
I'd like to voice my opposition to the DEA’s Intent to Schedule the alkaloids Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine, which would make Kratom (Mitragynaspeciosa), a schedule 1 controlled substance with no medicinal value. This would put kratom, a plant helping millions of people suffering chronic and acute mental and physical conditions that is also safely easing the nation's opiate epidemic problem naturally, on the same level as illegal drugs like heroin. It would also prevent further research which, to date, has shown kratom to be an effective painkiller that does not cause respiratory depression; the main cause of death from opiate overdose.
-How you came to use kratom….. (did you learn about it in a chronic pain support group, etc?)
-What ailments you suffer, what treatments haven't worked (prescriptions, surgery, etc.), how long you've been dealing with your condition, how long you've been using kratom and how many/what medications you've been able to quit.
-What kratom means to you (has it given you your life back, have you gone back to work, can you play with your, exercise or travel, etc., something anecdotal about why kratom is important and should be available).
-Conclusion: Kratom is a safe alternative to pharmaceutical drugs with important medicinal uses and has changed my life. I’m asking you to please contact the DEA. Please send a letter or request an oversight hearing asking to delay this emergency action. I fear this action by the DEA will only lead to more tragic deaths of victims of the opiate epidemic, maybe even my own (if you think this may lead to a replace and illicit drug use). I know that my own quality of life as a productive member of society will not be the same without kratom.
If you have questions about kratom, please visit www.americankratom.org. Thank you for your time and service to the state.
--- Include your name, address and phone number.
Please be professional and polite, keeping it as short as possible.
These are all the committees that have jurisdiction over the DEA. House and Senate Judiciary being most important. Message all members!
House Judiciary https://judiciary.house.gov/ subcommittee/full-committee/
Senate Judiciary https://www.judiciary.senate. gov/about/members
House Energy and Commerce https://energycommerce.house. gov/about-ec/energy-commerce- committee-members
House Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommitteehttp://appropriations.house. gov/about/members/ commercejusticescience.htm
Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommitteehttp://www.appropriations. senate.gov/subcommittees/ commerce-justice-science-and- related-agencies
House Oversight and Gov’t Reform Committee https://oversight.house.gov/ subcommittee/full-committee/
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committeehttps://www.hsgac.senate.gov/about
U.S. Department of Justice https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
•Department Comment Line: 202-353-1555
•Department of Justice Main Switchboard: 202-514-2000
Peter J. Kadzik
Assistant Attorney General
Office of Legislative Affairs ph: 202-514-2141
Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison ph: 202-514-3465
You can send a message to the Department of Justice HERE
Michael J Lewis,
Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration
8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22152; ph: 202-598–6812.
Also please contact the assistant secretary of
HHS, Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health
ASH@hhsgov ph: 202-690-7694
Assistant Secretary for Legislation (ASL) ph: 202-690-7627
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA) ph: 202-690-7850
Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration (ASA)
HHS Office of the Secretary
This information is pulled directly form americankratom.org