Kratom: Ohio could soon ban plant-based supplement used to treat pain, opioid addiction


Kratom, a plant-based supplement that consumers say alleviates chronic pain and opioid addiction, could soon be banned in Ohio.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy voted Monday to classify kratom a Schedule I controlled substance alongside heroin, LSD and other dangerous illegal drugs. The board concluded kratom has a high potential for abuse, has no accepted medical use, isn’t safe to use in medical treatment and poses a public health risk.

The board’s vote starts a months-long process of approving new rules and regulations for kratom, and public comment will be accepted at various points in the process.  

The board has already received more than 1,500 comments about the proposed change, mostly in opposition and many through a form letter drafted by the American Kratom Association, an advocacy group that formed to keep kratom legal.