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A Leaf of Faith: The Kratom Story

Kratom is a plant in the coffee family from Southeast Asia. It is typically consumed as raw powder, tea, and in capsule form. Although the herb displays an excellent safety profile, in 2014 the United States Food and Drug Administration issued an import alert on it, a de facto attempt to prevent its importation and sale.

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National Institute of Health study on “Dangers of Kratom” references evidence that doesn’t exist

National Institute of Health study on “Dangers of Kratom” references evidence that doesn’t exist

National Institutes of Health recently published a catastrophically flawed case report on kratom, with multiple references which directly contradict the paper’s conclusions, and one source that simply doesn’t exist.

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DEA refuses to release evidence backing Kratom ban

DEA refuses to release evidence backing Kratom ban

On August 30th, the DEA filed a notice of intent to temporarily designate Kratom as a schedule 1 drug. That notice listed 33 footnotes, but the actual references themselves were not included in the document itself. The same day, a FOIA was filed for that information … to which the agency responded with with press releases and copies of federal laws.

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OGIS’ new chief, Secret Service’s vanishing laptops, and more FOIA news

OGIS’ new chief, Secret Service’s vanishing laptops, and more FOIA news

Just because America was taking some time off to relax after a grueling election season doesn’t mean that transparency can afford to take a nap. Well, OK, some releases were delayed as agencies shut their doors for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the releases made earlier in the week still made plenty of news.

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