• Kratom: Is It Safe?

    Kratom: Is It Safe?0

    Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family. It’s native to Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, and other South Asian countries.

    The leaves, or extracts from the leaves, have been used as a stimulant and a sedative. It’s also been reported for treating chronic pain, digestive ailments, and as an aid for withdrawal from opium dependence.

    However, there haven’t been enough clinical trials to help understand the health effects of kratom. It also hasn’t been approved for medical use.

    Read on to learn what is known about kratom.

    Kratom is legal in the United States.

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  • Monroe County supervisors rescind ban on kratom

    Monroe County supervisors rescind ban on kratom0

    ABERDEEN – A countywide ban of the herbal product kratom put in place last spring was lifted Monday morning following a 3-2 vote by the Monroe County Board of Supervisors to rescind it.

    A delegation of citizens, business owners and advocates of kratom made impassioned pleas for the supervisors to overturn the countywide ban on the controversial supplement for treating chronic pain.

    Supervisors met for half an hour in executive session before going back into open session to take the vote. Supervisors Joseph Richardson, B.R. Richey and Rubel West voted in favor of rescinding the ban, while Fulton Ware and Hosea Bogan voted to keep it in force.… Continue reading.

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  • From Fake Vitamins to Kratom, Coronavirus Fraud Is Flourishing. The Feds Are Struggling to Stop It.

    From Fake Vitamins to Kratom, Coronavirus Fraud Is Flourishing. The Feds Are Struggling to Stop It.0

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    As quickly as scientists are working to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, there’s a plethora of companies working just as fast trying to illegally profit from the novel coronavirus, mostly through fraudulent treatments, bogus tests, and various other scams. Though there isn’t currently a vaccine or a largely effective treatment for COVID-19 , as the Centers for Disease Control has repeatedly emphasized, that has not stopped a growing number of companies from fraudulently claiming that the products they sell contain certain substances—like colloquial silver, kratom, CBD oil, and even bovine colostrum— that can treat or prevent the virus.… Continue reading.

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  • Central Pa. mom shared drugs with her 15-year-old son, then let him die of an overdose, police say

    Central Pa. mom shared drugs with her 15-year-old son, then let him die of an overdose, police say0

    An Dauphin County mother bought drugs, shared them with her 15-year-old son and then left the teen to die from an overdose without seeking medial aid, police said in filing a homicide charge against the woman Wednesday.

    The arrest of 49-year-old Jennifer Pugliese comes nearly a year after her son was found dead in her Gregs Drive apartment in Swatara Township.

    The death was attributed to heroin toxicity and kratom toxicity, Detective Shelby Day wrote in arrest papers filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith. Kratom is a mind-altering drug that is considered a supplement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.… Continue reading.

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  • Pennsylvania mom charged in 15-year-old son’s overdose death

    Pennsylvania mom charged in 15-year-old son’s overdose death0

    A Pennsylvania mother shared drugs with her 15-year-old son and left him to die from an overdose, police said.

    Jennifer Pugliese, 49, was charged Wednesday with homicide and child endangerment nearly 11 months after her son was found dead in her Swatara Township apartment last July, PennLive.com reports.

    The teen, Dean Pugliese, died from heroin toxicity and kratom toxicity, a detective wrote in an arrest report.

    Kratom, a plant that grows naturally in parts of Southeast Asia, affects the same opioid brain receptors as morphine, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

    Investigators found heroin in an eyeglass case beneath the teen’s body when they responded to his mother’s apartment on July 3.… Continue reading.

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  • What to Expect from Kratom Withdrawal

    What to Expect from Kratom Withdrawal0

    Kratom is often seen by people as an alternative to opioids because it acts on the brain the same way when taken in higher doses. Unfortunately, this also means that kratom has a somewhat similar addiction potential.

    As with other substances with opioid-like effects, kratom can cause tolerance, cravings, and dependence. Eventually, this can lead to physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms when people stop using it.

    Kratom withdrawal produces many of the same symptoms as opiates and opioids withdrawal, though they aren’t always as severe.

    Physical symptoms include:

    Psychological symptoms include:

    How fast withdrawal symptoms kick in and how long they last is dependent on how much you were using and for how long.

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