May 7, 2019 — St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann will ask the County Council on May 13 to consider banning Kratom and related substances.
“In St. Charles County, we don’t think a warning is enough,” Ehlmann says. “Dr. Mary Case, St. Charles County’s Chief Medical Examiner, told me Kratom has played a role in at least nine deaths since the end of 2017. While this is certainly a global issue that is being addressed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), FDA and individual states, including Missouri, it’s hitting home. Local governmental bodies can speed up the process of making this drug illegal by taking a stand now. That is why I am urging the Council to move forward and ban this substance in St. Charles County.”
Several states have already banned Kratom. However, an equal number of states have deemed it legal (i.e. Missouri and Illinois).
The consideration to ban Kratom itself is not an issue, as there are currently no scientific evidence to confirm the benefits of Kratom (i.e. relaxation, elevation of energy levels, and pain relief) aside from testimonials from the thousands of users online. However, the way Case words her argument for a kratom ban is ignorant to say the least.
In a recent interview, Case says:
“Because it’s not regulated, if you take a very large amount of it, you could die from it, and there’s nothing on the package that tells you only take this three times a day or once a day,”
There are two major issues with this statement.
First, there is plenty of literature out there that states there has been no direct linkage between kratom and cause of death. As a doctor she knows this, so she went with a vague “if you take a very large amount of it, you could die from it”. Well, doctor, you can die from consuming a very large amount of anything. Chocolate cake, alcohol, cigarettes, pain killers, and even water.
Second, if packaging is the issue, why not establish labelling laws and place strict packaging requirements for wholesalers. This will ensure the product, in which thousands of people have claimed to be life-changing, remains available but are warned about the potential side-effects of over-ingestion. Similar to the labelling requirements we see on cigarette packages.
The battle between regulators and kratom continues with no end in sight. In the interim, we hope those doctors and regulators can speak with hard facts instead of general statements, and that kratom users continue to share their stories about how their life has changed for the better as a result of this plant.
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