It is in direct competition with the pharma industry.
Kratom is an opioid agonist. What this mean is it mimics the effects of opioid drugs such as heroin, morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and other dangerous drugs but without the risk of addiction, overdose, and other side effects.
It helps heroin addicts kick the habit.
It works for chronic pain sufferers.
Big pharma and the CIA will simply not tolerate that.
Even though the government is cracking down on opioid prescriptions, it is still looking out for the interests of big pharma.
Between 1998 and 2004 big pharma lobbied on at least 1,600 pieces of legislation. During the same period it donated $89.9 million to political candidates and parties. Between January 2005 through June 2006 the pharmaceutical industry spent approximately $182 million on lobbying Congress. It has an astounding 1,274 registered lobbyists in Washington.
Big pharma control freaks want to make sure they can squeeze every penny out of the sale of their products. It was behind the passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. The law prevents the government from directly negotiating prices with drug companies who provide those prescription drugs covered by Medicare. In other words, big pharma has a vested interest in making sure old people pay top dollar for medicine.
And the CIA?
It’s no secret they run the opium business in Afghanistan where 95% of the world’s opium is cultivated.
In 2009 it was reported that the CIA controlled the opium trade in Afghanistan through Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the former president, Hamid Karzai, who began his career as a fundraiser for the CIA’s mujahideen during the 1980s.
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