Prohibition of narcotic plant and seven drugs
Minister for Health and Prevention Jakob Axel Nielsen (CF) has decided today to ban the narcotic plant kratom and seven drugs.
According the department of health there has not yet been reported injuries after the use of plant and substances. But use can pose a significant health risk in terms of particular development of addiction and mental strain. Five of the substances may additionally cause poisoning.
The Minister has taken the decision after the department of health yesterday recommended to ban the plant and the seven banned substances.
"Although it is a plant and substances that has only been seen in very limited extent in Denmark, and fortunately has not yet led to any known injuries, there is no reason to wait to deal with a ban. With the ban we make sure that the plant and substances can not be sold legally at home. Thus we inhibit the spread of them, "says Jakob Axel Nielsen.
There has been only one or a few seizures of the plant and substances. After receiving reports of the seizure the department of Health launched a collection of information to assess the foundation of putting the plant and substances under legislation after the law on narcotics.
The ban means that the plant kratom and its ingredients 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine and synthetic bk-MBDB, MDPV, p-FBT, p-flour amphetamine and PPP in the future may only be used for medical and scientific purposes.
[p-FBT = 3-(p-fluorbenzoyl)tropane & PPP = α-pyrrolidinopropiophenone]
source: http://www.sum.dk/sum/site.aspx?p=23&t=visartikel&Articleid=4772 [article in danish]