• EEE found in mosquitoes in Sandown

    EEE found in mosquitoes in Sandown0

    Sandown is the latest Granite State community to find mosquitoes with Eastern equine encephalitis.>> Download the FREE WMUR appThe town is working with its vendor spraying, Dragon Mosquito, to come up with a spraying schedule.Locations typically sprayed include Sandown North School, Sandown Central School, Roy L. Miller Recreation Field and the Ed Garvey Recreation Center. Notifications for spraying will be posted at these locations when a date for spraying is set.Residents are asked to take all precautions when outside at dusk and before dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Click here for more information on prevention and protection.

    Sandown is the latest Granite State community to find mosquitoes with Eastern equine encephalitis.

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  • Ohio could ban popular herbal supplement

    Ohio could ban popular herbal supplement0

    The state could ban a herbal supplement next month that would effectively make it against the law to possess the product.

    The Ohio Board of Pharmacy delayed making a decision last week on whether to regulate kratom as a Schedule 1 controlled substance — the same category as heroin and LSD.

    Advocates and kratom retailers have touted the product as a healing herb and shared personal stories of life changing benefits, while medical groups have cited health risks and supported the proposed ban. The FDA has said that kratom marketers are making unproven claims that put consumers at risk.

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  • Welcome to Lacuna, the First Kava Bar in Phoenix

    Welcome to Lacuna, the First Kava Bar in Phoenix0

    At first glance, Lacuna Kava Bar looks like a spot you might find in a mellow beach town, concealed in a gray brick facade hugged by vibrant green vines. The sign out front reads “Fresh Brews: Kava Tea, Kratom Tea, CBD Tea,” with a quippy “Stay Highdrated” reminder underneath. The blue light emanating from its exterior matches the walls inside.

    Lacuna opened its downtown doors earlier this year on March 22, as a “space that bridges the gap between work and play.” Owner Chase Brendle noticed kava bars were popping up frequently around Fort Lauderdale, Florida, near the CrossFit gym he owned at the time.… Continue reading.

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  • Ohio delays kratom ban; bill proposed to regulate the herbal supplement

    Ohio delays kratom ban; bill proposed to regulate the herbal supplement0

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    The CDC says kratom, an herbal supplement, was a cause of deaths in 91 fatal overdoses in the United States from July 2016 to December 2017. USA TODAY

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – State regulators have delayed action to ban kratom after hundreds of people came here Friday in support of the herbal supplement.

    The Ohio Board of Pharmacy planned to advance the ban on Monday. But a board spokesman said Friday afternoon that has been delayed so the board can review extensive testimony presented during a Friday public hearing. At least 92 people were expected to testify in opposition to the board’s proposal.… Continue reading.

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  • Kratom: The Real Problem With This Botanical Drug

    Kratom: The Real Problem With This Botanical Drug0

    Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), the coffee-like tree is increasingly being seen as a threat to public health because of its alleged link to overdose deaths and has no medical uses or benefit, argues the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

    In the same breath, however, the DEA can’t classify kratom as a banned Schedule I drug because it can’t uniquely implicate kratom as the main cause of the more than 90 deaths associated with its use. What is known is these deaths were caused by kratom being mixed with other banned drugs such as cocaine.

    It’s known kratom can be addictive due to its opiate-like qualities, and a few users have ended up requiring addiction treatment.… Continue reading.

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  • Here’s what you should know about kratom — the controversial opioid-like plant

    Here’s what you should know about kratom — the controversial opioid-like plant0

    Kratom is an undeniably controversial subject in health and opioid-related arguments.

    Native to Southeast Asia, kratom has slight mind-altering effects, though it’s not an opioid or psychedelic, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. But the plant has resulted in nearly a dozen deaths between 2011 and 2017. Some of those cases involved people with other drugs in their system.

    NIDA adds that people sometimes use kratom as an herbal treatment to help overcome withdrawal symptoms and cravings from dependency on opioids and other substances, though there seems to be a lack of evidence that it helps in that way.… Continue reading.

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