“The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently declared that it will hold off on a previously announced ban of the herbal drug kratom, as there was a need for additional input regarding this decision from the public and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In August 2016, the DEA had suggested that it planned to add the psychoactive compounds found in the herbal agent kratom to the list of Schedule I drugs banned under the Controlled Substances Act. This led to significant outrage and clamor from individuals who believe that the herbal supplement, which is derived from trees indigenous to Southeast Asia, can help individuals struggling with a number of different medical issues, including opioid addiction.
Since publishing that notice, the DEA has heard from many concerned members of the public challenging the Schedule I action and requesting that they strongly consider their comments. Many people reported how helpful this particular herbal remedy has been. A decision was made to hold off on imposing the ban on a temporary basis while the DEA awaits further analysis by the FDA. This does not mean, of course, that kratom will not eventually be made illegal.”
See related article: DEA Asked Public To Comment On Its Proposed Kratom Ban And 99 Percent Opposed It available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dea-kratom-ban-comments_us_589374f1e4b06f344e4074fa
Source: Medscape.com – January 23, 2017