• Family warns about dangers of kratom

    Family warns about dangers of kratom0

    Kratom, a plant from Southeast Asia, is connected to 91 accidental overdose deaths in 27 states in the latest data available on the substance from the Centers for Disease Control.

    Another 61 fatal drug overdoses were found to have kratom in their bloodstreams, although other drugs may have been responsible for the deaths.

    According to the South Dakota Department of Health there have been three deaths where kratom was blamed as the cause this year, that’s up from just one in 2019.

    It’s perfectly legal to buy kratom and as we showed you in our KELOLAND News Investigation last night into “The Kratom Controversy,” there’s a lot of money behind the effort to keep it that way.… Continue reading.

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  • Sioux Falls death ruled kratom overdose

    Sioux Falls death ruled kratom overdose0

    According to the CDC, kratom was found as a cause of death in 91 drug overdoses across 11 states between July 2016 and December 2017. That’s the most recent data available.

    Kratom is often spiked or used with opioids. However, according to the CDC, kratom was the only substance found in seven of those 91 deaths.

    The South Dakota Department of Health tells KELOLAND Investigates that kratom was the cause of three deaths so far in 2020, up from just one in 2019.

    Tonight as our investigation into the kratom controversy continues, we hear from the family of a young man who died in July after using kratom.… Continue reading.

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  • The kratom controversy

    The kratom controversy0

    There’s a war going on in this country involving a plant and we’re not talking about marijuana. The kratom tree is native to Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain compounds which can have mind altering effects. We begin our KELOLAND News Investigation into the substance and the politics versus sciences surrounding it. Here’s how kratom supporters are rallying to keep the substance legal and their fight with the FDA.

    KELOLAND Investigates previously reported that kratom is being linked to more overdose deaths from a Centers for Disease Control report.

    Since our story aired, we have been contacted by hundreds of people from all over the country–at the prompting of the American Kratom Association—a $1.2 million lobbying group whose goal is to keep kratom legal, and they say, safe.… Continue reading.

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  • Preview: The kratom controversy

    Preview: The kratom controversy0

    The sale of kratom is really taking off in South Dakota, but if you still aren’t familiar with it, you no doubt will be soon. Millions of people take the substance derived from the leaves of a plant from Southeast Asia, either in capsule or tea form for a variety of health reasons.

    Proponents have a powerful lobby behind them; so powerful that when the DEA wanted to make kratom a schedule one drug, public outrage made the government agency change its mind.

    A sign of the time: kratom sales are skyrocketing in the U.S.

    While some states and cities still banned it, over concerns of it being addictive, misused and even deadly, South Dakota is not among them.… Continue reading.

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  • First@4: COVID-19 record numbers; Kratom Controversy; Fraudulent unemployment claims

    First@4: COVID-19 record numbers; Kratom Controversy; Fraudulent unemployment claims0

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Here’s a look at the day’s top stories as of 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

    It’s another record day for COVID-19 cases in South Dakota. Active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota are at 3,108, according to the South Dakota Department of Health’s daily update.

    A record 192 people are hospitalized with the virus. The state did not report any more deaths connected to COVID-19.

    To find the latest COVID-19 numbers and stories, visit the coronavirus page on KELOLAND.com


    You may have noticed signs around town in front of strip malls advertising something called Kratom. Not everyone is familiar with it, but the substance from the leaf of a Southeast Asian plant is growing in popularity– so much so it’s now more than a billion dollar business.… Continue reading.

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  • PREVIEW: A miracle cure or a drug of concern?

    PREVIEW: A miracle cure or a drug of concern?0

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — You may have noticed signs around town in front of strip malls advertising something called Kratom. Not everyone is familiar with it, but the substance from the leaf of a Southeast Asian plant is growing in popularity– so much so it’s now more than a billion dollar business.

    Supporters say it’s all natural and point to a host of reported benefits. But not everyone is sold on kratom, including many in the medical profession, who worry about its potential addictive properties and misuse.

    “I think what’s frightening about it is, like with so many supplements, people view it as a natural healing substance, and don’t do their normal due diligence.… Continue reading.

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