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DEA moves to ban kratom, frustrating both scientists and users

Maeng Da is photographed in Seattle Monday, Sept.

The DEA says it will put kratom, a leaf indigenous to Southeast Asia, on its list of most severely prohibited drugs. But scientists and users — who say kratom has helped them kick opioid addictions — think that’s a mistake.

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