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  • 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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