• St. Charles Co. executive wants ban on kratom

    St. Charles Co. executive wants ban on kratom0

    Some say it saved their lives. Other say it can kill you. Kratom is a new herb on the market used to treat pain, but many people say it comes with way too many dangerous side effects.

    Published: 8:14 AM CDT May 13, 2019

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  • What is kratom and what’s it made from?

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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

    The over-the-counter herbal drug kratom, linked to an increasing number of overdose deaths nationwide, has been banned in many counties in northeast Mississippi and such bans could increase statewide.

    Kratom was a cause of death in at least 91 fatal overdoses in the United States from July 2016 to December 2017, and 152 tested positive for the substance in a postmortem toxicology during that time period, health officials found.

    Only 44 deaths nationally were previously known, according to The Associated Press. 

    A February study also found that poisonings reported from taking kratom soared more than 50-fold from 13 in 2011 to 682 in 2017 by tracking phone calls about kratom exposures to poison control centers.… Continue reading.

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  • Kratom Craze: After wife’s death, Missouri man seeks ban on popular substance

    Kratom Craze: After wife’s death, Missouri man seeks ban on popular substance0

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOV) — People say it can relieve anxiety and pain, even give you a boost of energy, but others say it can kill you.

    Kratom is legal in Missouri and Illinois and it’s being sold in an increasing number of places around St. Louis.

    In Franklin County, Nick Stosz’s wife bought into the Kratom craze. Stosz says his wife Julie purchased it for the same reason so many others do.

    “She had a friend that told her about this stuff called Kratom…she was feeling a lot of pain and everything,” Stosz said.

    Sometimes it’s sold as a capsule, sometimes it’s sold as a powder.… Continue reading.

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  • Michigan man busted for selling over $1 million worth of illegal kratom across the U.S.

    Michigan man busted for selling over $1 million worth of illegal kratom across the U.S.0

    Who says crime doesn’t pay? For 36-year-old Matthew Dailey of Royal Oak, Michigan, crime most certainly did pay, and for quite a while. That ended this week when he was forced to forfeit $1,000,000 of the proceeds he had collected from selling kratom across the United States.

    Dailey, who reportedly deceived the FDA and other authorities long enough to import several tons of the illegal plant-based substance to his Michigan home where he repackaged and sold it as a cure for everything from chronic pain to Lyme disease. His products, which were sold online to buyers across the country, made him a millionaire in short order.… Continue reading.

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  • St. Charles County executive looking to ban sale of kratom

    St. Charles County executive looking to ban sale of kratom0

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann wants to ban the sale of kratom, an herb that causes effects similar to opioids and stimulants, and he plans to begin that process next week.

    “Kratom is an opioid type drug,” said Dr. Mary Case, Chief Medical Examiner for St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin, and Jefferson counties. “It’s very mild but it has the same effect on opioid receptors. It will depress respiration.”

    Dr. Case says kratom is unregulated. Nine people have died in just over a year in St. Charles, according to Case.… Continue reading.

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  • Kratom ban sought by St. Charles County Executive

    Kratom ban sought by St. Charles County Executive0

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com)— St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann will ask the County Council to consider banning Kratom and related substances.

    During an evening meeting on Monday, May 13, Ehlmann will ask the council to consider passing an ordinance that would ban the drug and related substances in St. Charles County.

    “In St. Charles County, we don’t think a warning is enough,” Ehlmann says. “Dr. Mary Case, St. Charles County’s Chief Medical Examiner, told me Kratom has played a role in at least nine deaths since the end of 2017. While this is certainly a global issue that is being addressed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), FDA and individual states, including Missouri, it’s hitting home.… Continue reading.

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