Ban on Kratom/6000-Person Survey – Largest Poll of Kratom Users Ever to Show DEA War on Coffee-Like Herb Should be Halted

Ban on Kratom/6000-Person Survey – Largest Poll of Kratom Users Ever to Show DEA War on Coffee-Like Herb Should be Halted

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Pain News Network Online Poll of Kratom Customers to Gauge How Herb is Used in Real World

MEDIA ADVISORY – With the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) threatening to ban the coffee-related natural herb kratom by as early as October 1st, the nonprofit Pain News Network will release during a live, phone-based news conference at 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT on Tuesday (September 20, 2016) the findings of its survey more than 6,000 kratom customers in the U.S.

The extensive survey by Pain News Network of kratom customers gauges how they use the natural herb, whether they consider it be beneficial, whether the support or oppose the DEA ban, and how they will react in the event that kratom is categorized by the DEA as a Class I narcotic like heroin or LSD.  For more information about concerns raised about the DEA war on kratom, go to
http://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2016/9/13/kratom-supporters-rally-at-white-house and http://www.snopes.com/kratom-banned-by-the-dea/.

News event speakers will include:

* Susan Ash, director, American Kratom Association;
* Travis Lowin, executive director, Botanical Education Alliance;
* Pat Anson, founder and editor, Pain News Network; and
* A medical expert.

TO PARTICIPATE:  Join the live, phone-based news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT on September 20, 2016, by dialing 1 (800) 860-2442. Ask for the “Kratom Survey” news event.

CAN’T PARTICIPATE?:  A streaming audio replay of this news event and full survey results will be available as of 3 p.m. EDT/noon PDT on September 20, 2016 at http://www.painnewsnetwork.org/.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Pat Mitchell, (703) 276-3265, or pmitchell@hastingsgroup.com; and Alex Frank, (703) 276-3264 or afrank@hastingsroup.com.

Pain News Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, independent online news source for information and commentary about chronic pain and pain management.  The Network’s mission is to raise awareness about chronic pain, and to connect and educate pain sufferers, caregivers, healthcare providers and the public about the pain experience.  http://www.painnewsnetwork.org/overview/

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