Tell the World Health Organization and the United Nations not to ban kratom!
In August 2021, the US Federal Drug Administration(FDA) moved to ban kratom domestically in the United States. However, this move met stern resistance from Congress and Senate. The elected representatives strongly opposed the proposed ban, citing a lack of tangible evidence of the danger posed by kratom.
The FDA has been attempting to ban kratom several times in the last few years. In 2016, the DEA announced that it planned to place kratom into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act—the category intended for drugs that have the potential for misuse and have no medical use. Along with drugs like cocaine, this is where marijuana, MDMA (ecstasy), and LSD currently languish; the classification itself would make research to determine medical usefulness extremely difficult.
Yet despite these failed attempts, FDA is determined to see kratom off the market and is ready to use any means necessary to prohibit kratom. Last month USFDA announced a call for public comments, whether kratom should be banned or not. The World Health Organization will use these comments to decide whether to put kratom as a schedule I drug. And thus banning kratom internationally.
The critical review process. What the WHO and the UN can do?
Let us start by explaining a couple of facts. You have probably seen multiple conflicting information about what the World Health Organization can and can’t do. It is true that the WHO doesn’t make the final decision, banning different substances, according to Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs from 1961, a major UN treaty that decides what substances are prohibited. In accordance with that treaty the WHO makes a scientific recommendation to another UN body. The organization that decides whether to prohibit a substance is the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (UNCND).
A recent history shows, the UNCND usually doesn’t question decisions made by the WHO.
WHO has the sole scientific authority to recommend the UNCND. The WHO can make two types of decisions:
- to put a substance in the critical review process, ergo making a final recommendation to prohibit or not prohibit it. This decision is made when the WHO Expert Committee feels enough data. That’s called the critical review process.
- to put a substance under surveillance status. In that case, the WHO is monitoring the substance and possible risks associated with it.
If kratom is banned, that would mean within a year, it would become illegal worldwide. And we don’t want that don’t we?
What can I do?
The process of collecting submissions to the WHO lasts until the 24th of September 2021. You can help our campaign by clicking on Help Us! and write your comments.
Formal comments should be personal experiences with kratom or simply stating why you’re against banning kratom. These “formal comments” shouldn’t be attacks on the WHO or the UN. They need to be personal experiences with kratom or comments on how others have safely used kratom.
Additionally, if you do not have personal experience with kratom, you may write your opposition to the WHO and the UN banning kratom.
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