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Will society benefit from greater access to this drug? Are there potential problems we haven’t anticipated?
Think physician practices and pharmacies and specialty clinics who began with a lucrative sideline that may now be their main source of revenue.
I don’t think there are any health benefits associated with the practice; it’s purely about getting high.
…tolerable when we’re talking about window fasteners or computer mice but surely not when the product in question directly affects our health or even our survival.
That’s not a large percent of the user population, but it’s among the sickest. That along might be enough to justify the investment; I’m sure a number of lives have been saved along the way.
The real issue is that Kratom use is already so widespread that attempts at a total ban would inevitably create hardship for those who are already dependent on the drug, as well as fuel the appearance of a thriving black market.
Even if society miraculously eliminated its problems, some people would still be attracted to drugs.
As the article points out, it’s possible to make use of the flashlight on your cellphone for the necessary illumination.
It does seem ironic that the industry most responsible for the creation and continuation of our current opioid epidemic could also be the main beneficiary of this next wave of treatment funding.