a repost :
the D.E.A has been aware of Kratom
use for some time.
In July 2005, the D.E.A.'s Microgram newsletter included a section from the N.D.I.C.'s Narcotics
Digest Weekly which was entitled "Herbal Drug
This article described Kratom as widely available through internet vendors and "head shops", although no evidence for this was cited. The article also includes a brief one paragraph summary of Kratom's effects and modes of use, then states: "N.D.I.C. has not yet received law enforcement reports regarding Kratom abuse in the United States."
The D.E.A. also added Mitragyna speciosa
Kratom to their list of "Drugs
and Chemicals of Concern." this list does not appear to indicate anything other than that the D.E.A. has noticed the existence and use of a substance, and has come to believe that Kratom use should be monitored or assessed for potential scheduling or not.
In the D.E.A.’s terms: ‘”The substances listed represent chemicals that are being considered for possible evaluation or scheduling under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA) and its subsequent amendments”…