Parents and lawmakers call for Kratom ban

High praise for law enforcement officers in Shelby County and the stand they are taking against Kratom. Parents now want lawmakers to intervene to get the substance off convenience store shelves.Alabama is the seventh largest consumer in the Kratom industry. Lawmakers in Montgomery are working on legislation that would ban Kratom because it is considered addictive.

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9 investigates Kratom: Natural herb or deadly drug?

Lauren Eden sleeps with a teddy bear every night. Inside the bear are the final items she has to remember her son: a mini urn, a funeral pamphlet and his suicide note. "He wrote in it, ‘Mom and Dad, I loved you very much please know there is nothing you can do but I have ruined myself with drugs,’" Lauren Eden said. "It was Kratom."

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What is kratom? Alabama may outlaw plant-based supplements

Dietary supplements sold for pain relief, energy and relaxation under brand names like Vivazen and K Chill would become controlled substances under bills pending in the Alabama Legislature. The products, in liquids and powders, are made from kratom, a plant native to southeast Asia. The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use them.

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While many kratom users call it a miracle drug, others warn it could be dangerous

For Keith Pascucci, it's as common as having a cup of coffee — a daily dose of kratom is just part of his daily routine. Before discovering the plant, which is native to South East Asia, Pascucci was more than 100 pounds heavier suffering from degenerative disk disease. "I had trouble getting up out of bed," said Pascucci. "First I went to see an orthapedic surgeon and he wanted to just try painkillers and muscle relaxers. That was the first option."

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Product Seizure Shows FDA Serious about Kratom

Kratom is not a legal dietary ingredient in the eyes of FDA, which notified the supplement industry in 2013 about the ingredient’s growing popularity and dangers, started seizing imported kratom in 2014 and has opened 2016 with a big kratom seizure. The agency has said its concerns are based on research showing dangerous side effects, including dependence, but opponents of FDA’s position on kratom point to the herb’s history of safe use and its medicinal benefits as reasons why it should be legal.

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