The recent opioid epidemic sweeping America and the world has sought out a naturally-occurring herbal supplement called kratom as a cure for the opioid addiction. Kratom is a plant that grows naturally in the wild in countries such as Thailand and Malaysia. Kratom was being utilized in helping opioid addicts ease themselves off the lab formulations of painkillers, but now the FDA says the cure is too much like the disease.

The FDA is planning, in conjunction with the DEA, to place kratom in the Schedule 1 Classification with substances such as LSD and heroin.

Kratom users aren't happy with the federal plans for the plant. Walter Prozialeck is the chairman of the pharmacology department at Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and says that yes, kratom has the potential for causing harmful effects, but kratom is far less dangerous than classic opioids. Prozialeck co-authored a study on kratom in the Journal of American Osteopathic Associations December 2016 journal.

Kratom will help with opioid withdrawal, it relieves pain, fatigue, coughs, and diarrhea. But according to authorities, it carries the same risks of abuse and addiction, and now some 36 deaths in the United States. Apparently, it is also being used recreationally for its euphoric effects.

Kratom can be ordered online, but before you rush to your browser, be aware that the FDA is presently using import alerts and all the federal legal authority it can muster to stop foreign, unapproved, or misbranded drugs at the borders, and has already detained or seized hundreds of shipments.