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SUPPORT THE POCAN/LOBIONDO LETTER
Ask Your Representative to Support the Pocan/LoBiondo Letter To Make Sure the DEA Reviews the Science on Kratom
The American Kratom Association (AKA) lobbying team has been working diligently on Capitol Hill and we are pleased to announce that Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Representative Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) have agreed with our request to lead in a bi-partisan letter asking the DEA to review all of the science on kratom before any scheduling decision is finalized.
YOU CAN VIEW THE LETTER HERE
We are very appreciative to all the kratom groups who are supporting and promoting this letter.
We know the science is on our side.
Kratom does not kill people. Kratom is not an opioid. Kratom does not have the same effects as an opioid, and kratom is not an analogue of an opioid.
But the FDA wants to regulate kratom as a drug and they are using inaccurate data on alleged deaths to claim kratom is dangerous. That is not true, and the FDA’s own adverse event database proves it.
But the FDA is not letting the truth get in their way on demonizing kratom, and they are committed to dramatically expanding their regulatory control over a natural and safe botanical that has been used responsibly by consumers for decades in the United States, and for centuries in Southeast Asia.
Please call your Congressional representative immediately and ask them to support the Pocan/LoBiondo letter.
You can reach any Member of Congress by calling into the main switchboard for the U.S. Capitol, 202-224-3121. Then just ask to speak to the Member of Congress that represents you.
You can also go to the following link to find your Representative: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members
When a member of the staff or your representative answers the phone, please be respectful and courteous.
"I am calling to ask Congressman/Congresswoman [insert the name of your Representative] to support the freedom of consumers to use kratom as a part of their health and well-being regimen".
Congressman/Congresswoman [insert the name of your Representative] can support kratom by signing onto the letter from Congressman Mark Pocan and Congressman Frank LoBiondo to the DEA telling them to use all available science in in reviewing the FDA proposal to ban kratom and criminalize any consumer who uses it.
The letter needs to be sent by next week, so Congressman/Congresswoman [insert the name of your Representative] will have to act fast to join as a co-signer to that letter to the DEA."
You can add a brief personal statement on why you support keeping kratom legal.
Remember, please be respectful in talking with the staffer or Representative.
Also, this letter can only be signed by a Member of Congress (not the Senate), so emphasize how important it is for your Representative to sign his/her name to represent you on that letter.
We need to send a loud message to Congress to stop the FDA from this broad expansion of power. Natural products, botanicals, and dietary supplements should be regulated only when necessary, and only then under the limited authority granted by the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).
Please, your help is needed. Call your Representative today!
CONTINUE OUR VIRTUAL MARCH ON WASHINGTON
CALL ROBERT PATTERSON ACTING DEA ADMINISTRATOR 202-307-8000
Our OPEN LETTER TO ROBERT W. PATTERSON was delivered to him with over 18,000 signatures
ACTING DIRECTOR, U.S. DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION.
To read the full letter go to Updates & Press Releases under November 28, 2017
Start calling, writing and emailing your federal legislators.
Contact Your Congressperson (see letter template)
Find yours here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Contact Your Senator (see letter template)
Find yours here: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
Use the letter template below. However, when writing
Some of the things to be doing as we are working on this ATTACK:
Scott Gottlieb M.D.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002
CALL THE FDA:
"I am a responsible adult who consumes Kratom to improve my health and well-being and I urge you to reconsider your stance and look at the science in support of kratom as well as all the testimonies of people that have and continue to use kratom for their benefits."
FDA Contact PAGE
EMAIL your story to the FDA:
*It's important not to copy and paste, please use your own words
We need YOUR help to fight the FDA and their negative info being released to the public.
My name is ________, I'm a __-year old _________ from _________
I would like to voice my support of Kratom and my disagreement with the FDA and their recent smear campaign. This puts kratom, a plant helping millions of people suffering chronic and acute mental and physical conditions that is also safely easing the nation's opiate epidemic problem naturally, on the same level as illegal drugs like heroin. It would also prevent further research which, to date, has shown kratom to be an effective painkiller that does not cause respiratory depression; the main cause of death from opiate overdose.
-How you came to use kratom….. (did you learn about it in a chronic pain support group, etc?)
-What ailments you suffer, what treatments haven't worked (prescriptions, surgery, etc.), how long you've been dealing with your condition, how long you've been using kratom and how many/what medications you've been able to quit.
-What kratom means to you (has it given you your life back, have you gone back to work, can you play with your, exercise or travel, etc., something anecdotal about why kratom is important and should be available).
-Conclusion: Kratom is a safe alternative to pharmaceutical drugs with important benefits for many issues and has changed my life. I fear this action by the FDA will only lead to more tragic deaths of victims of the opiate epidemic, maybe even my own (if you think this may lead to illicit drug use). I know that my own quality of life as a productive member of society will not be the same without kratom.
If you have questions about kratom, please visit https://www.americankratom.org/
Thank you for your time and service to the state.
--- Include your name, address and phone number.
Please be professional and polite, keeping it as short as possible.
SUBMIT your success stories, testimonials on our WEBSITE. There is strength in numbers:
SHARE this AKA INFOGRAPHIC:
There are multiple other studies and info available to use and share here:
When you see a negative story, comment and use these links to educate them in a polite, professional and courteous manner.
When you see a positive story, take the time to share it and tell them thank you.
SHARE this Google Doc LINK, assembled by Robert McMahan:
SHARE the contest videos from these links:
The HONORABLE MENTIONS
Send these documents/link to journalist, legislators, law enforcement, friends and family so hopefully we can educate everybody including those higher up to better understand where Kratom stands as a beneficial herb.
Be sure to check out the over 1,000+ (and counting) videos from the continuing #IamKratom online CAMPAIGN
JOIN our AKA FORUM
JOIN the Twitter campaign:
Tweet to all the influencers you can find, follow us on twitter, retweet, tag #FDA on all your tweets and remember to use the #IAMKRATOM #KEEPKRATOMLEGAL #TEAMAKA hashtags in all your tweets @SGottliebFDA @US_FDA AKA Twitter
SIGN the whitehouse.gov PETITION created by Andrew Turner:
(he asked us to remind folks that he only has one fully functioning hand, his bad hand hit publish BEFORE he had the necessary corrections and edits in place and that particular site does not allow for corrections to be made) Thank you Andrew Turner for creating this petition and allowing us to share it.
For all of our vendor supporters:
Please share this with your customers, email database, etc.