• Political Roundup: Maybe next year for ban on kratom

    Political Roundup: Maybe next year for ban on kratom0




    © Daily Messenger/Daily Messenger, Canandaigua, N.Y./TNS Helming

    CANANDAIGUA — State Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, is hopeful that someday, a ban on the sale of kratom to individuals under the age of 21 will be enacted in New York.

    But not this year.

    The kratom legislation that she co-sponsors passed the Senate this year, as did nearly identical legislation a year ago (her legislation then proposed a ban on the sale of kratom to individuals under the age of 18).

    Neither of these bills came up for a vote in the Assembly, Helming noted.

    For nearly three years, Helming said she has spoken with officials in law enforcement, emergency services, public health, education, prevention and treatment services, and other areas, as well as individuals and families struggling with addiction.… Continue reading.

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  • Herbal drug Kratom may cause serious side effects

    Herbal drug Kratom may cause serious side effects0

    The herbal supplement kratom regularly causes serious side effects and doesn’t appear safe for use, a new study argues.

    Kratom, made from the leaves of a Southeast Asian plant, is usually used to treat pain and addiction. But poison control center data shows it has been tied to seizures, withdrawal, hallucinations, agitation and rapid heart rate, researchers report.

    Kratom is “probably not something that’s safe enough to be available as an herbal supplement,” concluded lead researcher William Eggleston, a clinical assistant professor with the Binghamton University School of Pharmacy in New York.

    Kratom contains compounds that act on the opioid receptors in the brain and the body, according to the U.S.… Continue reading.

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  • Dietary substitute kratom stays in legal gray area

    Dietary substitute kratom stays in legal gray area0

    OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — CHI Health Pharmacist Bob Grenier said there’s no clear cut consensus about kratom at the federal level.

    “There are kind of two camps within the FDA,” he said. “One camp who thinks it should be a schedule one or extremely prohibited. And then there is another school who says this compound has some potential for legitimate use.”

    Kratom is a green-brown powder made from the leaves of a plant from Indonesia. Users and distributors say it calms anxiety, helps with depression, and more.

    “We’re seeing people who are using various legal and illegal opioids who are coming in, and they have been using Kratom for a while and we’re seeing them wean themselves off those harder narcotics,” Mike Martinez said.… Continue reading.

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  • Kratom Ban Back on the Table in Oxford

    Kratom Ban Back on the Table in Oxford0

    By Alyssa Schnugg
    News Editor
    alyssa.schnugg@hottytoddy.com

    Oxford leaders are considering a proposed ban on products sold containing Kratom, a tree from Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain compounds that can have mind-altering effects.

    Oxford leaders are once again considering a proposed ban on synthetic products claiming to contain Kratom, a tree from Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain compounds that can have mind-altering effects.

    In May, Oxford Police Interim Chief Jeff McCutchen presented the proposed ordinance to the Oxford Board of Aldermen for the first reading; however, during that meeting, Alderman Mark Huelse said that the plant can have medicinal uses and mentioned ongoing research by former Ole Miss professor Christopher McCurdy, an expert on Kratom and who studies the use of Kratom to treat opioid withdrawal syndrome.… Continue reading.

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  • New Opioid Standards and Kratom Warning From FDA

    New Opioid Standards and Kratom Warning From FDA0

    Kratom in pill form / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Psychonaught

    New Opioid Standards and Kratom Warning From FDA

    Bill Donovan • Tue, July 16th, 2019

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    The FDA has just issued new opioid standards and a stark warning about a potentially addictive herbal pain relief drug known as Kratom. Both will affect the practice of treating musculoskeletal pain. They are:

    1. New Standards for Approving New Opioids

    On June 20, FDA issued a draft of guidance for opioid manufacturers on how it will assess new applications for approval of opioid analgesic drugs.

    Titled “Opioid Analgesic Drugs: Considerations for Benefit-Risk Assessment Framework–Guidance for Industry,” it describes how the agency plans to change the ways in which it will apply the existing benefit-risk assessment framework for proposed new opioid treatments.… Continue reading.

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  • A Portable Solution for the On-scene Identification of Kratom

    A Portable Solution for the On-scene Identification of Kratom0

    Thought LeadersZachary LawtonAnalytical ChemistPerkinElmer

    In this interview, Zachary Lawton explains the health risks of Kratom and the development of a portable GC-MS solution for the identification of Kratom and other drugs that cannot be identified using traditional colorimetric tests. This interview was conducted at Pittcon 2019.

    What is Kratom and why is it such a big concern for US health officials?

    Kratom is a botanical extract that has existed for hundreds of years in Southeast Asia and is now being used as a legal medical supplement in the US. Health officials are concerned about Kratom because the active ingredients are psycho-active compounds which interact with opioid receptors in the brain and produce stimulant-like effects.… Continue reading.

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