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Impending US Ban on Asian Painkiller Stirs Rally in DC

Demonstrators gathered Tuesday outside the White House to demand that a natural product from Southeast Asia called kratom be kept legal in the United States. The substance, the scientific name of which is mitragyna speciosa, is not an opioid, but it contains alkaloids that act on the same brain receptors as drugs like morphine and heroin without producing a high. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have cited an increasing...

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