• Arizona lawmakers poised to approve kratom regulations

    Arizona lawmakers poised to approve kratom regulations0

    Lawmakers are planning to regulate a substance called kratom that is still undergoing evaluations by federal agencies, such as the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, and has been making medical professionals nervous.

    The measure, sponsored by Rep. Tony Rivero, R-Peoria, would disallow the sale of kratom to anyone under the age of 18 and requires sellers of the product to disclose what all is in their kratom based products on top of other regulatory measures.

    Rivero calls it the “Kratom Consumer Protection Act.”

    Arizona is not alone in how it is trying to tackle regulation of a new drug that is mostly unknown and has entities like the Center for Disease Control and the Drug Enforcement Agency working to determine how to deal with it.

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  • Lee County to consider kratom ban

    Lee County to consider kratom ban0

    TUPELO • Lee County supervisors will consider a ban on the controversial herbal product kratom, but not until further study and a public hearing.

    Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agent Tammy Reynolds appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday to request a ban on the sale and possession of kratom, a product they described as dangerous and addictive.

    Reynolds said kratom mimics other illegal drugs and can interact with other substances in dangerous ways.

    “People are supplementing their opioid use with kratom,” Reynolds said.

    Kratom is derived from the leaves of a tropical tree in southeast Asia and is variously sold in powder, liquid and capsule form.

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  • Morning Break: Bugs on Scopes, Still; Ebola Vax Works; Kratom Deaths

    Morning Break: Bugs on Scopes, Still; Ebola Vax Works; Kratom Deaths0

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    Contamination on duodenoscopes remains a problem, the FDA said Friday, noting that the latest sampling data showed presence of “high concern organisms” at higher rates after reprocessing (up to 5.4%) than previously reported.

    Another device reprocessing situation gone bad: the agency said Bivona brand tracheostomy tubes, especially those sized for children, are “now in temporary shortage” owing to an Illinois sterilization facility’s February closure.

    Oh, great, a new measles problem: false positive test results. (Detroit Free Press)

    The Ebola situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo still isn’t an emergency of international concern, a WHO committee decided, since the outbreak hasn’t yet spread to neighboring countries and remains confined to areas where it was already seen.… Continue reading.

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  • CDC: More deaths associated with kratom than previously known

    CDC: More deaths associated with kratom than previously known0

    A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that kratom was a cause of death in nearly 100 people over a 17-month period — a higher number than previously reported.

    The CDC analyzed reports of more than 27,000 unintentional drug overdoses across 32 states and Washington, D.C.

    The study said 152 of those people were found to have kratom in their system, and the drug was a cause of death for 91 of them.

    Earlier this year, the US Food and Drug Administration said that 44 deaths had been associated with the drug.

    About 80% of the people in the CDC study who had kratom in their system had a history of substance misuse.… Continue reading.

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  • What is Kratom? Herbal Supplement Linked to Numerous Deaths in U.S.

    What is Kratom? Herbal Supplement Linked to Numerous Deaths in U.S.0

    A Friday report from the CDC claimed the herbal supplement kratom has caused nearly 100 overdose deaths across the United States.

    Kratom is a plant that grows in Southeast Asian countries Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It’s been used under the name “Mitragyna speciosa” as an herbal supplement and pain reliever, and has recently grown in popularity among American consumers. Drugs.com claims that it is used in the U.S. to help opiate addiction and withdrawal, muscle pain and diarrhea. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released Friday examined 27,338 overdose deaths. The toxicology reports of these overdose-related deaths indicated that 152 people—or 0.56 percent—had tested positive for kratom.… Continue reading.

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  • Why Is Kratom so Dangerous? Herbal Drug Linked to Rising Overdose Deaths

    Why Is Kratom so Dangerous? Herbal Drug Linked to Rising Overdose Deaths0

    • Kratom, an easily obtained herbal drug, has caused nearly 100 overdose deaths between 2016 and 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    • Kratom contains addictive, opioid-like compounds that can cause a number of dangerous side effects.
    • Experts explain how kratom produces a high and why the risks of taking it far outweigh any benefits.

      The herbal drug kratom has been linked with nearly 100 overdose deaths in recent years, according to a disturbing new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published Friday.

      Kratom, which is a plant that is naturally grown in Southeast Asia and is often ground up and sold as an herbal supplement, caused 91 overdose deaths in the U.S.… Continue reading.

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