• Ohio lawmaker introduces bill to spark discussion on kratom

    Ohio lawmaker introduces bill to spark discussion on kratom0

    COLUMBUS (WCMH) — You may have seen the name Kratom when you are out and about, plastered in store windows sometimes alongside others prompting potential customers the establishment carries both it and CBD Oil.​

    Kratom has been around for a long time. Here in the United States, it’s only been a few decades, but in Southeast Asia, where it is grown indigenously in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea, it’s been used for medicinal purposes since the 19th century.

    It comes from the leaves of a tropical evergreen tree from the coffee family. ​

    Research into its use is hard to come by, but anecdotally, some people with chronic pain and opioid withdrawal say it helps them.​

    It is currently a controlled substance in 16 countries, and the FDA wants to ban it here in the United States as well.… Continue reading.

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  • Doctor Who Had Five Patients Overdose On Opioids In Span Of 10 Months Pleads Guilty To Distributing Charge

    Doctor Who Had Five Patients Overdose On Opioids In Span Of 10 Months Pleads Guilty To Distributing Charge0

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  • Kratom products may cause liver injury, new analysis finds

    Kratom products may cause liver injury, new analysis finds0

    Products containing the herbal supplement kratom may damage the liver in rare cases, a new review suggests.

    All seven patients with liver damage in the review fully recovered, but the research adds to the debate over the risks and benefits of the unregulated, little-studied derivative of a Southeast Asian tree.

    Kratom proponents, including the American Kratom Association, say it is boosts mood and energy, relieves pain, and can ease withdrawal from opioid addiction. But federal regulatory agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, warn that kratom is a dangerous, addictive substance. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said kratom caused 91 out of 27,000 overdose deaths over 18 months ending in December 2017 — although almost all the kratom fatalities involved additional drugs such as opioids.… Continue reading.

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