Restrictions on the Use of Kratom Plants
Kratom or Mitragyna speciose is sometimes also called Bali Kratom is a tree of the coffee family that grows in the tropical regions of Southeast Asia. This plant can be found in Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, and of course Indonesia.
Indonesian people have used medicinal plants for a long time as a means of treatment. Most of these medicinal plants are known for their benefits. But some plants are scientifically proven to have an addictive effect, for example, with Red Bali kratom or kratom (Mitragyna speciose (Korth.) Havil.). Community ignorance of the negative effects of these plants will cause potential health problems. On the other hand, traditional healers as health service providers are known to still use as part of the components of traditional medicinal ingredients based on the results of RISTOJA 2012 and 2015. Therefore, there is a need for policy recommendations in the form of efforts to foster hatred through the Directorate General of Services Development Traditional & Complementary Health (Ditjen Bina Yankestradkom) or the Health Office in the region and encourage restrictions on the use of plant species that have negative effects on health in the community by the authorized agency of the visit buy kratom.
In 2016, B2P2TOOT has compiled and produced a policy recommendation text entitled “Restricting the Use of Puric or Kratom Plants”. It is hoped that this draft recommendation can become one of the carrying capacity data in preparing scientific justifications, which will be used by the Ministry of Health to develop technical policies regarding the regulation of medicinal plants.
In 2017, the Health Research Agency together with BPOM and academics (UI, ITB, UNPAD, UGM) formed a Plant-Based Substances Working Group. This working group is tasked with compiling academic texts with scientific justification and providing technical recommendations in the regulation of kratom plants in Indonesia.
Currently, the Ministry of Health is planning to coordinate with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Industry, BPOM, BNN, Bareskrim and the Directorate General of Customs and Excise through FGDs to formulate policies by the respective roles of relevant Ministries or Institutions the problem.