HHS reportedly recommends that DEA make kratom a Schedule I drug

HHS has reportedly recommended a ban on the chemicals in kratom that would make the herbal supplement as illegal as heroin or LSD.

HHS has reportedly recommended a ban on the chemicals in kratom that would make the herbal supplement as illegal as heroin or LSD. The agency asserted in a letter to DEA that two chemicals in kratom should be classified as Schedule I substances, meaning that the chemicals have "a high potential for abuse" and that there is “no currently accepted medical use” for them. Such a ruling by DEA would mean that anyone who buys, sells, or uses the substances might face steep punishments, like prison sentences, and anyone who wants to do research with the chemicals would need to obtain special permission from the agency. Several scientists have expressed concerns that such a ban would stifle research on chemicals that could be developed into alternatives to addictive prescription opioids. People have been using kratom, a plant from Southeast Asia, to treat pain and other conditions, and to wean off opioids. It is not FDA-approved, and that agency has led an aggressive crackdown on the plan.