Import Anything But Kratom!

by Takethegate

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Why is a cure for heroin addiction being attacked by the Ohio Deputy Chief Attorney General? Does kratom cure heroin addiction and does the Ohio Attorney General’s insist that’s a lie? This subject has multiple avenues for discussion.

First, the plant kratom, known by its scientific name ‘Mitragyna speciosa’ is indigenous to Thailand and is first described by a Dutch botanist Pieter Korthals. The plant is also widely found in the South East Asia.

There are six varieties from different locations: Red-veined Borneo, Bali kratom, Maeng da, Thai kratom, Maylay kratom and Green-Veined Borneo. Most suitable for opiate and heroin withdrawal is Red-Veined Borneo. Other species have different levels of euphoric stimulants which gained initial disapproval from Thailand because the plant could not be over taxed.

Thailand’s kratom Act 2486 went into effect on August 3, 1943. The plant was banned 70 years ago due to reducing the government tax revenue from organized opium distribution. Thai culture supports kratom, however the government initiated a program of destroying kratom trees and burned enormous sections of endangered forests and wildlife in these untouched areas of rainforests and sensitive ecosystems.

Thai consensus existed only in southern Thailand among leaders where kratom use is accepted among, public health officials, academics and policymakers; that kratom use and dependence causes little, if any, health risk. Kratom is still illegal in Australia, Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia. Kratom is also currently banned in Indiana and Tennessee.

Ohio is uninformed and ignorant about Kratom? Has the Ohio Deputy Chief Attorney General ever been to Thailand or asked anyone currently from Thailand about kratom?

Why then attack and ban kratom?

Only 25 alkaloids have been isolated from kratom; 7 -hydroxymitragynine, 9-Hydroxycorynantheidine. Mitragynine may alleviate opiate withdrawal effects with a recommended dosage between 2 to 10 grams. Mitragynine binds to opiate addicted receptors that lessen that fearful shock to the nervous system.

Kratom affects μ-opioid receptors (MOR) of the brain as an agonist like morphine and is used in the management of chronic pain that may be undetectable in drug testing. When a person stops using heroin those receptors are blocked by the mitragynine and lessens the withdrawal symptoms.

In the United States, kratom itself is not regulated. However, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) includes it in a list titled potential “drugs and chemicals of concern,” said one DEA official public relations spokesperson.

Emerging drugs are one a way to use plausible denial, while agency budgets shrink and mainstream media parrots pimp the dangers of drugs like kratom to a drug war weary nation for profit.

Today Kratom is not a scheduled drug but, still stands in a very precarious position according to the DEA officials. Even though there is “no legitimate medical use for kratom” and both the DEA and the Ohio Chief Deputy Attorney General still consider it a “substance, chemical, or drug of concern.”

Officials want the public to believe that it is illegal to use too much of a chemical, a substance or drug of concern. However, a drug must be FDA approved so its not a drug, yet the FDA says its a chemical, substance or drug of concern?

Yet, most pollution is in the environment and the status of parts per million or ppm is changed and unregulated by the enforcement arm of the FDA while, the DEA is oblivious when pollution happens to the general public like in Charleston, West Virginia’s recent coal foam spill.

What the public does not know about the FDA and the DEA is that they have both been established by the “Division of Chemistry and Bureau of Chemistry” in the far past. They might as well be Federal Drug Enforcement Agency to Secure Corporate Profits. What happens when their control is shattered with a medical case-study?

From one such case-study in the June 2008 journal Addiction titled, “Self-treatment of opioid withdrawal using kratom (Mitragynia speciosa korth)” thanks to the war on drugs success, the patient-doctor relationship “may require treatment contracts, demand ongoing drug testing or stigmatize those who seek care—may be so poor that some patients shun physician contact.”

Before further studies could be undertaken by one of author physicians in the above kratom journal case-study, the DEA and state lawmakers shuttered online pharmacies selling these in pill form and sources dried up.

The risks of kratom listed by the DEA include: stimulant effects, opiate effects, acute nausea, itching, sweating, dry mouth, constipation, increased urination, weight loss, skin darkening, hostility, emotional liability, runny nose, achy bones and muscles, nervous ticks and loss of appetite.

Why attack and ban kratom again? Because kratom saves lives too damn cheap and easy. The soup of officials who couldn’t make money from from cheap include: drug companies, law enforcement, law enforcement services, lawyers, judges, politicians, drug enforcement regulators, drug dealers and doctors.

“There are a lot of things that people take that they say make them feel better. Kratom is not approved medically in the United States, it has no known medical uses,” said Deputy Chief Counsel for the Ohio Attorney General Jonathan Fulkerson.

Ohio’s Jonathan Fulkerson wants kratom to be a banned substance like ice water in hell, similar to heroin, cocaine or bath salts.

“We want to stop it before it becomes widespread,” said Fulkerson, “It’s not a controlled substance under federal law and it’s not a controlled substance in the state of Ohio,” Fulkerson said.

An average number of kratom leaves Thai people chew are between 10 and 60 fresh leaves consumed daily and not the bitter tasting tea drink consumers state they consume overseas. Moreover, kratom has therapeutic uses as an anti-diarrheal and as a vanguard for heroin addiction treatment. This can stop the explosion of heroin addition on U.S. streets.

Thai’s view kratom as a traditional herb that has been chewed in Thailand for thousands of years. As it supports energy, alertness and improved mood as an herbal supplement to alieviate food cravings. Over indulgence of chewing on fresh leaves or excessive tea drinkin has never been encouraged by anyone. Anyone could over indulge on kratom tea drinking and overdose. Heck, we can even ovedose on guantanamo water-boarding intoxication. Phillip Seymour Hoffman cannot think of a worse fate?

Wholesale Business Owner, Employees Indicted in Multi-Million Dollar Drug Operation

1/23/2014
(LANCASTER, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Fairfield County Prosecutor Gregg Marx, Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Task Force Commander Eric Brown, and Ohio State Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Kyle Parker announced today that eight people were indicted last week on charges filed in connection with a large-scale drug operation that supplied illicit drugs to customers in Ohio and across the country.
The indictments of the owner and employees of Oncore Wholesale follow a joint-investigation by the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Task Force, the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), and the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.The investigation uncovered a large amount of Kratom, Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds, and nitrous oxide being sold by the company over the internet for consumption.  Authorities made the discovery after serving a search warrant at the company’s warehouse on Busey Road in Fairfield County in July.
Canal Winchester resident David G. Surratt Jr., 37, the owner of Oncore Wholesale, was indicted by a Fairfield County Grand Jury on Friday on the following charges:
•Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
•Trademark Counterfeiting
•Trafficking in Drugs
•Trafficking in Harmful Intoxicants
•Possession or Sale of Unapproved Drugs
The following Oncore Wholesale employees were indicted on the same charges, plus an additional charge of Conspiracy to Commit Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity:
•Sarah M. Surratt, 32, Canal Winchester
•Adam D. Haase, 38, Columbus
•Shawn R. Lewis, 38, Columbus
•David A. Highben, 40, Columbus
•Amanda E. Parsons, 25, Lancaster
•Kevin J. Wilt, 27, Canal Winchester
•Jason E. Kibler, 36, Reynoldsburg
“These individuals were blatantly promoting and selling the products for consumption,” said Attorney General DeWine.   “Although these are not your typical street drugs, we do have concerns that abuse of these substances could become more common.”
“These drugs mimic the effects of other very hazardous drugs,” said Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Task Force Commander Eric Brown. “This is a whole new side to the drug trade, and we want to stop these drugs from coming into our communities before they become a more widespread problem.”
The Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seed is a schedule three drug and nitrous oxide is often abused as an inhalant.  Kratom, an herbal drug grown in southeast Asia, has no legitimate medical use and has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, therefore making it illegal to manufacture for human consumption, posses for human consumption, or sell for human consumption.
“These indictments are the result of local and state law enforcement agencies working together to combat the trafficking and possession of drugs that cause harm to the citizens of Ohio,” said Jesse Wimberly, Spokesperson, Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.  “The Board of Pharmacy looks forward to providing testimony regarding the non-FDA approved drug Kratom, which is an emerging drug of concern that state and local authorities are closely monitoring.”
“I have high praise for the authorities involved in this investigation, including the alert Fairfield County Sheriff’s deputy who initially discovered the warehouse,” said Prosecutor Marx.  “I also want to give credit to the tireless efforts of Assistant Prosecuting Attorney James A. Davey who presented the cases to the Fairfield County Grand Jury and spent countless hours discussing the cases with the officers and preparing the extremely complicated indictments.”
In addition to the drugs, investigators also uncovered thousands of branded products, including beer cans, energy drinks, and other household products that had been modified with hidden compartments and sold to conceal illegal products from detection.
Authorities determined that the business made more than $2 million from the illegal sales in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Upon serving an arrest warrant on David Surratt Jr. earlier this week, investigators found an additional warehouse on Groveport Road in Franklin County, which also stored a large amount of Kratom and counterfeit products.  Additional charges could be filed.
Members of the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Task Force include the Pickerington Police Department, Lancaster Police Department, Logan Police Department, Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfield County Prosecutor’s Office, Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, and Hocking County Prosecutor’s Office.

http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Media/News-Releases/January-2014/Wholesale-Business-Owner-Employees-Indicted-in-Mul

Possible update forthcoming…..

8 People Indicted In Multi-million Dollar Drug Operation

http://www.10tv.com//content/stories/2014/01/23/Fairfield_County_Drug_Bust_Indictments.html

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