• Kratom debate: Bans across Northeast Mississippi stir discussion of dangers, benefits

    Kratom debate: Bans across Northeast Mississippi stir discussion of dangers, benefits0

    TUPELO • Northeast Mississippi is on the front lines of an effort by state and local law enforcement to ban a legal but unregulated herbal product called kratom.

    In recent months, around 28 Mississippi counties and cities – all in the northeast region of the state – have acted to criminalize the possession and sale of kratom, which is produced from the leaves of a tropical tree and variously consumed as a powder, a liquid or as capsules.

    The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics has played a key role lobbying local governments over the issue, as has a citizen advocacy group from Lowndes County.

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  • Ducey signs bill to stop kratom sales to minors

    Ducey signs bill to stop kratom sales to minors0

    “I signed this bill because it takes a small but important step of prohibiting the sale of kratom to minors,” Ducey said in a signing letter, “but let me be clear – my signature on this bill should not be viewed as an endorsement of its consumption by adults.”

    Ducey added that he would be reaching out to federal agencies to urge them to “promptly” look at kratom and issue “appropriate regulations.”

    “Several states and cities have already acted, and it is time the federal government takes action as well,” Ducey wrote.

    The measure, sponsored by Rep. Tony Rivero, R-Peoria, disallows the sale of kratom to anyone under the age of 18 and requires sellers of the product to disclose what is in their kratom-based products.

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  • Gov. Ducey signs bill regulating the sale of kratom products in Arizona

    Gov. Ducey signs bill regulating the sale of kratom products in Arizona0

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    PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Tuesday that regulates the sale of products containing kratom, a plant that can have mind-altering effects, after it was unanimously passed by both the state House and Senate.

    A recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control study that found that 152 out of more than 27,000 people who died of an accidental drug overdose in a 17-month period had kratom in their system, and the substance was determined to be a cause of death in 91 of those cases.

    The Arizona Kratom Consumer Protection Act prohibits the sale of kratom products to minors and creates requirements for product labels.… Continue reading.

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  • Kratom Deaths Data Released – Linked to about 100 Deaths in the US

    Kratom Deaths Data Released – Linked to about 100 Deaths in the US0


    The rise in the use of opioids has stirred concern as more people have reportedly died from overdosing on them. However, Kratom has been found to contribute to death in nearly 100 people in the last one year as opposed to more common ones like fentanyl, heroin, benzodiazepines (also known as tranquillizers), prescription opioids and cocaine.

    Interestingly, some users believe that Kratom can help cure opioid addictions — and consume it as pills, capsules, or extracts.

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    What is Kratom

    Found mainly in Southeast Asia, Kratom is a tropical tree (Mitragyna speciosa) with leaves that contain compounds that can have mind-altering effects.… Continue reading.

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  • Opioid Users Call Kratom a Godsend. The F.D.A. Says It’s a Menace.

    Opioid Users Call Kratom a Godsend. The F.D.A. Says It’s a Menace.0

    The steep rise in the number of people suffering opioid addiction has helped spawn the widespread use of another substance: kratom, a green powdered herbal supplement that is widely available and virtually unregulated.

    Derived from the leaves of a tree native to Southeast Asia and sold in the United States online and in bodegas and head shops, kratom has long been used as a mood booster, energy supplement and pain reliever.

    It is also increasingly being used by those who swear by it as a curb for opioid addiction. Some veterans also say it helps control symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Several million Americans are now believed to use kratom.

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  • Kratom-Related Deaths Higher Than Previously Believed, CDC Warns

    Kratom-Related Deaths Higher Than Previously Believed, CDC Warns0

    Federal health officials released a new study that suggests the risk of drug overdose deaths from kratom products may be more than double what was originally projected, as kratom is also commonly found in the system of individuals whose cause of death was linked to other drugs, such as heroin, fentanyl and benzodiazepines.

    A new kratom overdose study was released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on April 12, indicating that kratom was the primary cause of overdose death for nearly 100 individuals over a 17-month period, far exceeding the 44 reported kratom deaths released late last year by the U.S.… Continue reading.

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