Tianeptine - Alabama Department of Public Health Comment Period Info:

To amend the current Controlled Substances List by scheduling Tianeptine in Schedule II


End Date: September 4, 2020

Comments may be submitted in writing, emailing or calling: 

Nancy Bishop, State Pharmacy Director

Department of Public Health

201 Monroe Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

[email protected]

(334) 206-3014


Alabama has the opportunity to lead the nation again by addressing a substance that medical professionals, the CDC, treatment service providers and recovery organizations say is an unapproved antidepressant that's poisoning people, adding fuel to the fire that is the opioid public health crisis and is dangerously subverting treatment and recovery services.

Countries that have banned Tianna due to abuse potential:

Ukraine

Russia

Mexico

Georgia

Armenia

Michigan, United States

First prescribed as an opiate-like antidepressant in Europe as early as the 1950s, Tianeptine is commonly abused in the United States because it’s easily modified and easily accessible as an unregulated supplement. The drug is sold under various trade names, commonly known as Tianna, as a stress relief supplement, which can be purchased effortlessly online or in convenience retail environments in most states.

In recommended doses, Tianeptine does not make most users feel high and may address symptoms of depression differently than other antidepressants available. Serious problems arise, however, when the substance is taken in excess and modified to have stronger effects. It can be snorted, injected or even vaped.

Nootropics.com, a widely-utilized online source for Tianeptine, includes a warning below the product which reads:

“Tianeptine may have opiate-like withdrawal symptoms and shows potential for abuse. Ensure that usage is gradually reduced with care, and if ever in doubt, consult a qualified medical professional. If you have ever been addicted to opioids, Tianeptine may have an immediate addictive effect.” This product warning is more than substantiated by the increasingly mounting anecdotal evidence collected by treatment center admissions statistics and Tianeptine message boards addressing liver damage, withdrawal symptoms that can be painful, violent and even fatal.

Opiate addicts all over the country are realizing that Tianeptine is a cheap, federally legal loophole that will give them the fix they are looking for. The opiate-like effects of the drug are appealing to users. The CDC has reported exponentially increasing calls (+1620% 2012-2016) to poison control centers and recognizes deaths attributed to Tianeptine.

Alyssa Wood’s testimony before Michigan’s Senate Judiciary Committee on how her addiction to Tianeptine sodium affected her while she was weaning herself off heroin. According to Wood, “Coming off heroin was easy compared to the withdrawals I experienced from Tianeptine. I could not get out of bed, go to work, have a normal, functioning day without it in my life.

With additional research, Tianeptine could have medical benefits later on. Because HB6 ranks the drug as Schedule II and not Schedule I, Alabama residents could legally use Tianeptine in the event that it is ever approved by the FDA.

You can determine your elected officials by visiting http://cqrcengage.com/alabama/?0. Ask them to vote YES on House Bill 6.

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“Not since the Alabama legislature scheduled Kratom as a controlled substance have we faced an unregulated substance as toxic as Tiannepine or one that poses as serious a threat to persons in treatment and recovery."

- The Foundry Ministries

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It allowed me as an individual struggling with a life-threatening opioid addiction to cheat on my sobriety. I self sabotaged my treatment by attempting to change without changing."

- Anonymous Person In Recovery

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"I was able to deceive my employer, a transportation company, because I knew they could not test for Za Za (Tianna) and I could work while intoxicated. I had to address my dependence on Tianna after nodding out behind the wheel."

- Anonymous Person In Recovery

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"Due to its widespread availability, the public perception is that it is safe. Substances like these are morale killers for our teams of dedicated professionals and literally a slippery slope for opioid addicts."

- Jacky Gann, World Exit Ministries

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"Requires difficult judgement calls that impact people's lives due to our inability to test for Tianna."

- Tom Reynolds, His Way

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What does the FDA say? https://www.fda.gov/food/dietary-supplement-products-ingredients/tianeptine-dietary-supplements

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