Undercover buy prompts end to sale of "Kratom" in Saranac Lake

New York’s Attorney General says he’s won a temporary restraining order to force a shop in Saranac Lake to stop selling a type of herbal concoction called "kratom." In a press release issued yesterday, Erich Schneiderman singled out The Grateful Toad, a shop on the village's main street, after an undercover agent purchased the substance this winter.

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War Against Kratom Heats Up

Florida has become the latest front in the war against kratom—a substance derived from a tree whose leaves can be brewed as a tea to relieve pain and anxiety, but can also produce feelings of euphoria. Opponents of kratom say it is highly addictive, claiming it is responsible for several deaths and increasing emergency room visits across the country since it was introduced to the United States from Southeast Asia.

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Expert warns of Kratom dangers

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A warning for parents about a drug called Kratom. It's an over-the-counter drug that can give users a morphine-like high. Kratom, which is legal in most states including Virginia and North Carolina, has been around for years as a dietary supplement and is billed as a way to treat pain or increase alertness and physical energy. The dynamic effects surprised Gayle Scott, an assistant professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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Phuket Poll: Is the kratom crackdown worth it?

The incessant reports of kratom-related arrests has raised many an eyebrow in The Phuket News comments section, ranging from full support for the police to comments dismissing some arrests as nothing more than absurd. Kratom is indigenous to Southeast Asia, and especially Thailand, where it flourishes naturally, and has long been used by Southern Thais as a mild stimulant; so much so that most grandparents of youths today find nothing ill of the habit of chewing kratom leaves.

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Middletown smoke shop busted; authorities say owner selling synthetic drugs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville smoke shop is busted, and the owner is now facing charges. It happened on Friday afternoon after police received a drug complaint, leading them to the Oxmoor apartments off Shelbyville Road with a search warrant.“The target of the investigation was actually seen leaving the leasing office with the package, and that's when he was detained,” said Det. Brett Hankison with Louisville Metro Police. Police say they were at the apartment complex to search the package.

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