420 with CNW – CDC Flooded with Comments on Kratom and Marijuana

June 19, 2020 15:25:27

For years, humanity’s main defense against chronic pain has been opioids. However, opioid addiction has quickly become a major issue in America with 450,000 people dying from overdoses involving prescription and illicit opioids from 1999 to 2018. On April 17, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) called on patients living with chronic and acute pain to comment on their perspectives on the benefits and harms of opioid use as well as their experiences with other non-opioid and non-pharmacological treatments for pain.

By the time the June 16 deadline had passed, the CDC had received hundreds of comments about medical marijuana and thousands of comments related to kratom, a lesser-known herb that has shown promise as a pain reliever. The CDC had stated that it is looking for input…


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