• The controversy over kratom

    The controversy over kratom0


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    A life-saving supplement or a deadly drug? It`s a nationwide debate that`s now unfolding right here in KC. Some swear by kratom and others won`t go near it.

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  • Thailand busts 1 tonnes of kratom leaves in border with Malaysian

    Thailand busts 1 tonnes of kratom leaves in border with Malaysian0

    (MENAFN) At least one tonnes of kratom leaves have been discovered in the Thai-Malaysian border in southern Thailand’s Songkla Province on Tuesday.

    Officials declared that they busted the new leaves filled in 123 bags, meanwhile, two motorcycles with Songkla license plates were also seen but there was no one existed there.

    They added that the drugs had been trafficked across the border from Malaysia to be hidden there till shifted to Thailand.

    The drugs had the value of at least 700,000 baht (about USD 21,875).

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  • Around 1.2 tonnes of kratom leaves seized on Thai-Malaysian border in Songkhla

    Around 1.2 tonnes of kratom leaves seized on Thai-Malaysian border in Songkhla0

    Subanthit Chaikaew, assistant district chief, led officials to check the border spot in Ban Bang Na village in Tambon Huay Khu, and found the leaves in 123 bags.

    Two motorcycles were also found in the area.

    Subanthit said the drugs had been smuggled across the border from Malaysia to be kept there pending distribution in Thailand. 

    The two motorcycles might belong to suspects who fled into the forest after seeing the officials arrive, he said, adding that the owners of the bikes would be summoned for questioning.

    Kratom leaves sell in Malaysia for Bt300 per leaf, but the price doubles in Thailand, according to officials.… Continue reading.

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  • St. Charles County Council works to ban Kratom

    St. Charles County Council works to ban Kratom0

    ST. CHARLES -The St. Charles County Council begins the process to ban Kratom; an herb that causes effects similar to opioids and stimulants.

    A Missouri House Bill 1115 to ban the sale, possession or use of kratom will be introduced at  Monday nights council meeting.

    Supporters of kratom say it provides safe, non-addictive pain relief and can also combat anxiety disorders. Some kratom users also say it manages the withdrawal symptoms of potent opiate drugs. Law enforcement, however, has described kratom as addictive and dangerous.

    The St. Charles County Medical Examiner says kratom has played a role in at least nine deaths since the end of 2017.… Continue reading.

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  • Hat Yai officials foil attempt to smuggle 500kg of kratom leaves

    Hat Yai officials foil attempt to smuggle 500kg of kratom leaves0

    Hat Yai district officials and defence volunteers at a road checkpoint on Sadao-Hat Yai road in Moo 8 village in Tambon Ban Phru upended the plans of the alleged smugglers at about 12.30am.

    Officials stopped an SUV after the driver and passenger appeared suspicious. They told officials they were heading to Hat Yai to pick up relatives.

    While the officials were talking to the two men in the SUV, a pick-up truck that had followed them climbed over the road island to head back in the other direction.

    Officials jumped in their own pickup and chased after the fleeing truck, but it made a U-turn and sped back towards the checkpoint.… Continue reading.

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  • What is kratom? ‘Controversial’ herbal supplement leads to overdoses in the U.S.

    What is kratom? ‘Controversial’ herbal supplement leads to overdoses in the U.S.0




    © Getty Images Kratom has been linked to both narcotic and stimulant-like effects Health Canada noted.

    An herbal supplement not many know about has caused almost 100 “unintentional” overdoses in the U.S. in 2017.

    According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kratom has been linked to 91 deaths between the months of July 2016 to December 2017. 

    The study noted 80 per cent of the people who had kratom in their system also had other substances, including fentanyl, heroin, benzodiazepines, prescription opioids and cocaine.

    Dr. James David Adams, an associate professor of pharmacology at the University of Southern California told Global News the herbal supplement is used in traditional medicine in countries like Thailand and Indonesia.… Continue reading.

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