Rep. Vernon Jones appointed to House Study Committee on Risks with Kratom

August 21, 20183min2979
State Rep. Vernon Jones
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State Rep. Vernon Jones

State Rep. Vernon Jones (D-Lithonia) has been appointed by Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) to the House Study Committee on Risks Associated with Kratom.

Advocates say kraton offers relief from pain, depression and anxiety. However, the FDA and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have been moving to ban the sale of kraton, citing the herbal drug’s potential for abuse saying it is an “imminent hazard to public safety,” according to reports.

Jones questioned the accuracy of the statements made by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb about kratom, and is asking the study committeesto review the reports.

“These newly released studies give us an opportunity to get to the truth about kratom,” said Jones. “We have seen too many instances where bureaucrats in Washington think they can tell the states what we should do and feed us misinformation to justify more regulation.  The people of Georgia are smarter than that.”

Jones noted that a study released by Jane Babin, Ph.D., Esq. showed flaws in the death reports released by the FDA in order to justify its recommendation to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to schedule kratom as a Schedule I drug. Jones also said the study reported that the deaths attributed to kratom were actually the result of a homicide, several suicides, unrelated health conditions, polydrug use, and adulterated and contaminated products.

“Our study committee on kratom is going to have to carefully separate the facts from the misinformation campaign by the FDA,” said Jones.  “Our own local coroners and law enforcement officials apparently have been fed a steady stream of inaccurate information about this natural plant that have obviously influenced some of our own reports on the causes of deaths.”

The study committee will hold public meetings to recieve input. Jones said the public hearings will allow those who safely use kratom to offer their perspective, as well as experts who can provide assessments on the conflicts in the science on kratom.

“There are nearly 5 million kratom consumers across the United States,” Jones said. “There is no doubt that we have tens of thousands of Georgians who use kratom safely for maintaining their health and well-being, and we owe them an unbiased review of what is true about kratom, and what is not.”

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  • Telly henry

    August 21, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Thank you Mr.Vernon Jones for using your platform to get the word out about kratom & it’s amazing healing benefits! Tens of thousands use it daily for many different health reasons ,including me!More & more people are starting to use it INSTEAD of the dangerous opiods that are killing hundreds of people daily!


    • Phillip Ray

      August 24, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      It’s so nice to know that there is elected officials who look for the truth with facts to make decisions. If this approach is used by all concerning keeping Kratom legal and that it is safe and helpful we should have no problem.


  • Rhonda DiStefano

    August 21, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Well thank G-d for your attitude about Botanical Herbs!! I so appreciate that someone is going to weed through the reality vs the false findings!! I respect and appreciate anything you can do to shed the truth about this!!


  • John Seger

    August 21, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Thank God for Rep Vernon Jones!
    The FDA has been lying to the public and to the DEA in order to ban Kratom.
    I feel as though the FDA does not genuinely take a vested interest in our health and wellness. This is about money. Kratom is a natural plant that the pharmacy industry won’t be able to make money from. The FDA has approved many “so called, SAFE prescription drugs that kill thousands of people each year. Those drugs are NOT safe. Yet they approve them.
    Kratom is safe and effective for pain relief and anxiety.
    This campaign to ban it and make it a schedule one substance is outrageous.
    Millions of people who use Kratom will suffer.
    Some will go back to using opiates and die of overdoses.
    That is scary that our own government would rather see citizens suffer, die and be addicted to prescription drugs and heroin than allow a safe herbal supplement that has been used safely for thousands of years.
    I got my life back as a result of taking kratom.
    I went from being addicted to prescription pain killers and unable to hold a job,to being able to maintain 2 jobs.
    I have an apartment now, a car and no longer suffer from chronic pain and the horrific addiction to Vicodin.
    I don’t suffer from withdraw when I miss a dose, nor do I feel “high” when using Kratom.
    I am so scared the FDA will ban this life saving, natural plant


  • Jana Bradshaw

    August 22, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Bless you Vernon Jones! We desperately need your help! Kratom has saved my life!!


  • Nikki jones

    August 22, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    I was on pain meds 23yrs.and was able to quit with kratom and grace of God.this plant gave me my life back.i do not feel high I feel normal.being able to work spend time with friends and available to give a personal testimony how kratom help my life.thank u for taking the time to investigate the lie of FDA AND Big Pharma.


  • layla thompson

    August 23, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    We need your help. opiods were my only option and tolerance builds quickly. im only 37. kratom has nearly eliminated my need for them now. why ban a healthier alternative and then turn around and attack pain management patients as well especially given the high rate of suicide among this demographic?!


  • Neil Switkowsk

    August 27, 2018 at 3:51 pm

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