• Southside Tobacco And Vape Now Open In Manhattan

    Southside Tobacco And Vape Now Open In Manhattan0

    MANHATTAN, IL — Manhattan’s newest business, South Side Tobacco and Vape, will hold its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 18, the village said.

    The tobacco and vape store, 24520 S. US 52, is already open to the public, and sells vaping products, CBD products, kratom, smoking accessories and cigars, according to its Facebook page.

    At the grand opening, owner Scott Coveny will give a tour of his business and discuss the different products he sells.

    The business is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.… 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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  • Popular dietary supplement kratom may cause liver damage

    Popular dietary supplement kratom may cause liver damage0

    Kratom, a popular herbal supplement made from Mitragyna speciosa, an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia, may cause liver damage, according to new preliminary findings.

    Some consumers use kratom to reduce fatigue, boost their energy or provide pain relief. It also sometimes is used to help with opioid withdrawal. 

    While kratom acts like a stimulant at low doses, researchers said it acts like an opioid when taken in large amounts, according to U.S. News & World Report. They said kratom has been linked to more than 90 deaths. 

    The researchers presented their findings Saturday at the meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases held in Boston.Continue reading.

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  • Kratom-Linked Hepatotoxicity on the Rise in the U.S.

    Kratom-Linked Hepatotoxicity on the Rise in the U.S.0

    BOSTON — A small, but growing number of cases of liver injury, related to the herbal product kratom, have been observed over the past 2 years, a researcher said here.

    Cases of kratom-associated hepatotoxicity had been sporadic until 2017, when there were three cases alone for a total of seven cases since 2007, as well as four more pending from 2018, reported Victor Navarro, MD, of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia.

    “This is a bellwether,” he said at a press conference at the Liver Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. “Not only are we seeing increased use of kratom and adverse events associated with it, but liver injury.”

    Kratom is derived from an Asian plant, and the authors noted that product has opioid-like effects — a stimulant at low doses and a sedative hypnotic at high doses.… Continue reading.

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  • Chemical Analysis Links Kratom to Cases of Severe Liver Injury

    Chemical Analysis Links Kratom to Cases of Severe Liver Injury0

    FRIDAY, Nov. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Liver injury episodes due to kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) are increasing in the United States, and chemical analysis can confirm the presence of this botanical in herbal and dietary supplements linked to cases of severe liver injury, according to a case series study presented at The Liver Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, held from Nov. 8 to 12 in Boston.

    Victor J. Navarro, M.D., from the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, and colleagues sought to describe kratom-associated hepatotoxicity with chemical analysis to confirm the presence of Mitragyna.… Continue reading.

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