Senate Passes the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (OCRA)

Senate Passes the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (OCRA)

Today the Senate has passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (S. 2680), their version of the House’s Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT, H.R. 6). The amended bill incorporates dozens of bills and represents months of work aimed at combating the opioid overdose epidemic. The final language of the legislation excludes any mention of Kratom or botanicals or provisions that would have legislatively allowed scheduling Kratom.

As Congressional leaders meet to rectify differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation in the next several weeks, the Kratom Trade Association (KTA) will continue to partner with allied Kratom organizations to ensure the final package does not include language harmful to the Kratom industry or its consumers.

This welcome development only applies to federal legislative concerns. The Kratom community still faces threats from federal regulators, state legislatures and local governments seeking to restrict access and choice. Working in collaboration and coordination with our fellow Kratom advocates, KTA continues to engage and educate decision makers in order to preserve safe and responsible Kratom consumption for millions of Americans.


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