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  • She moved to Mississippi so she could take kratom legally. Here’s why that could end.

    She moved to Mississippi so she could take kratom legally. Here’s why that could end.0

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    Derived from a plant native to Southeast Asia, kratom is an opioid consumed in many forms. Statesman Journal

    Every morning, Hernando resident Bethany Cook scoops a couple of teaspoons of green herbal powder into her mouth, washing it down with a drink.

    The powder is called kratom. It’s derived the crushed up leaves of a plant native to Southeast Asia, traditionally used as a stimulant and medicine. It’s bitter and earthy and “tastes horrible,” Cook says.… Continue reading.

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  • Amid surge in popularity, some call for ban on legal supplement Kratom

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jay Humfeld is one the many people who describe the legal herbal Kratom as a life-saver.

    “I used to take Adderall, and I’m completely off Adderall. I don’t need Adderall anymore,” said Humfeld, a co-owner of Hemp Haven in the city’s Crossroads Arts District. “I can stay focused. I can stay alert. I can do my job.”

    Kratom comes from a leaf in Southeast Asia and has been used as an energy and mood-booster in tea for hundreds of years.

    These days, Kratom is highly popular — and widely available — for people looking to treat anxiety or to transition off opioids.… Continue reading.

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    • ‘It’s the wild west’: Kratom unknowns create dangers for users in the Tampa Bay area

      ‘It’s the wild west’: Kratom unknowns create dangers for users in the Tampa Bay area0

      TAMPA, Fla. — Kratom, an herbal drug and popular sale item at head shops and gas stations, has federal officials sounding warning alarms that the drug is taking lives, as advocates claim it could help recovering opioid addicts.

      Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found kratom as a cause of death in 91 cases between July 2016 and December 2017.

      Christopher Waldron of Tampa was the among the 91 people who died of kratom. I-Team Investigator Kylie McGivern spoke with Waldron’s mother, who is calling for more rules surrounding the drug.

      “I feel like it’s the wild west out there and you don’t know what you’re taking,” said Waldron’s mother Laura Lamon.

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    • St Charles Co. man warns Kratom use caused him to enter detox center

      St Charles Co. man warns Kratom use caused him to enter detox center0

      ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – David Lottes never imagined his love of weightlifting would lead to about 15 years of battling opioid use.

      “I heard my shoulder pop,” recalled Lottes about the moment he injured himself lifting more than a decade ago.

      Lottes said that injury and continued weightlifting led to surgeries and using opioids for pain.

      Eventually he turned to Methadone clinics for help to treat his pain and dependency, which brought on its own battles

      “I was in this tunnel where I didn’t leave the house,” Lottes said.

      He decided he’d had enough. He started to detox from Methadone, which lead to even more pain.… Continue reading.

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    • One tonne of kratom leaves seized

      One tonne of kratom leaves seized0

      An official shows fresh kratom leaves in one of 123 sacks containing 1,230 kilogrammes of the leaves seized at a border area in Sdao district, Songkhla, on Tuesday. (Photo by Assawin Pakkawan)

      SONGKHLA: Authorities have seized 123 sacks containing more than one tonne of kratom leaves at a border area in Sadao district.

      Sadao district chief Chawakit Suwankhiri on Tuesday led officials to the border area at Ban Ban Na in tambon Huay Khu, following information that many sacks containing kratom leaves were kept there.

      The team found a total of 123 sacks containing 1,230 kilogrammes of fresh kratom leaves and two motorcycles with Songkhla licence plates but there was no one there.  

      Officials said an army of small couriers had smuggled the kratom leaves from the Malaysian border to keep them there.… Continue reading.

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