FDA Czar Dr. Scott Goettlieb and His War on Kratom

FDA Czar Dr. Scott Goettlieb and His War on Kratom

By: Jake D. Bobay

Mitragyna speciosa, otherwise known as “kratom,” is a plant that’s native to Southeast Asia and has been widely acknowledged for its therapeutic properties since it’s first reported use as medicine in the mid-19th Century. Kratom was first prescribed as an effective opioid substitute for addicts in Thailand and in Malaysia after 1835. It wasn’t until the 21st Century when kratom use became more widespread in the United States.

Drug overdoses, primarily opioid related, are reported to have killed more Americans in 2016 than were killed in the entirety of the Vietnam War. Many recovering opioid addicts are also now finding relief from their withdrawal symptoms through the use of kratom.

The apparent benefits, however, of kratom for recovering addicts hasn’t stopped federal authorities from deeming kratom “a drug”, “an opioid”, “a narcotic,” and thus, “unfit for public consumption.” The DEA has even gone so far as to claim that kratom “has no recognized medicinal value.” As of late, one of the biggest opponents of kratom has been Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former Scott Walker senior advisor and former Donald Trump campaigner with a controversial background as a conservative crony and Big Pharma pill-pusher.

Per the terms of an ethics agreement he agreed to prior to his confirmation by the U.S. Senate as FDA head in 2017, Dr. Gottlieb declared his intention to rescue himself “for one year from any agency decisions involving about 20 health care companies he worked with.” These companies include Bristol-Myers Squibb, New Enterprise, TR Winston, MedAvante, Glytec, GSK, Cell Biotherapy, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Dr. Gottlieb received top-secret security clearance. He was appointed to be a part of the George W. Bush administration’s White House Biodefense Interagency Working Group that was tasked with development of a strategic U.S. government plan for the development of U.S. biodefense countermeasures. These countermeasures, interestingly enough, failed to prevent the infamous anthrax attacks that were later traced back to a U.S. government scientist, and not to Iraq, as previously claimed. The Interagency Working Group utterly failed in its stated intention of preventing bio-terrorist attacks. Yet today, Dr. Gottlieb is being tasked with the overseeing the safety of food and drugs in America.

While a resident fellow with a focus on drug policy at the American Enterprise Institute, a prominent neoconservative and far right think-tank famous for outrageously lying about Middle East wars, Dr. Gottlieb gained notoriety as a political pundit who was critical of Obamacare on the grounds that it infringed on Americans’ healthcare freedoms.

Ironically enough, here he is now, head of the FDA – infringing on Americans’ healthcare freedom by working to deny millions of Americans the right to consume the all natural plant, kratom. Senator Rand Paul, despite all of his talk of healthcare freedom and his principled stands for civil liberties while President Obama was in office, was one of fifty-seven U.S. senators who voted to approve of his nomination as FDA czar in 2017.

Dr. Gottlieb considers it “very troubling to the FDA that patients believe they can use kratom to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms,” in spite of evidence that effectively demonstrates otherwise. This is a disappointing move from an administration that claims to want to “do something” to alleviate the opioid crisis.

Click here to Read our 10 Page Report on the FDA’s War on Kratom.

One thought on “FDA Czar Dr. Scott Goettlieb and His War on Kratom

  1. To those concerned,

    Kratom has saved my life and it has done wonders for me when it comes to mental stability and depression. It is all natural and was grown naturally by the grace of God who states that all trees and plants on the earth is our food to consume.

    I was on prescription opioids and I got addicted to them like everyone who has taken them. Big Pharma is only interested in keeping people addicted and dependent on opioids and their objective is to make millions if not billions. Here is a plant that is very beneficial for everyone, doing wonders and Big Pharma is terrified of losing money because they can’t put a patent on Kratom.

    The sad thing about America, instead of thinking of the people and doing everything possible to help each individual achieve a sense of well being, America is all about Capitalism and making the most money possible and neglecting the true objective to help all individuals.

    Kratom is banned in some Asian countries because Heroin is mass produce for sale and to continue to get people hooked on it. Instead of helping individuals, governments and countries think about making money for their own selfish gratification.

    To those fighting to ban Kratom, please reconsider the wonderful benefits of Kratom. It is safe to use and it is not dangerous. like marijuana, there is no known overdoses or deaths associated with Kratom.

    It took many years to finally legalize marijuana and relax the laws associated with that plant. Kratom is in the same boat. The world will be a much better place and people will be much more healthier due the the wonderful benefits of Kratom.

    We need this plant and it a miracle plant. I will be so disappointed to see it become illegal and if it does, it is more likely I would go back to using opioids and possible overdose because America doesn’t care about the people but all about making money, paying the FDA millions to ban Kratom so that Big Pharma can continue to be profitable. That is so wrong! Please stop being selfish and continue to support Kratom and it’s wonderful properties for everyone!

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