Suffolk County Considers Banning The Drug Kratom

Never heard of it? Before it becomes a household word, Suffolk County may ban the herbal leaf, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported. Legislator Steve Stern, D-Huntington, says it’s making users seriously sick. “Psychosis, respiratory problems, hallucinations,” Stern described.Because it’s legal, people may assume it’s safe. Stern says not so. “Not just the problems as a result of its highly addictive nature, but it is considered a gateway drug,” Stern said.

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Controversial drug Kratom legally sold in Pennsylvania

John Eden, a 22-year-old college student studying military intelligence, took his own life at a gas station. His final letter, a teddy bear and boxes of Kratom – all found in John Eden’s apartment, are all his mother had left.“It (Kratom) is not safe, and it is highly addictive,” Lauren Eden said. Kratom is a plant found in Southeast Asia. Experts say it’s been used for hundreds of years.

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Bill That Would Ban Kratom, Synthetic Opioids Clears Kentucky Senate

John Eden, a 22-year-old college student studying military intelligence, took his own life at a gas station. His final letter, a teddy bear and boxes of Kratom – all found in John Eden’s apartment, are all his mother had left.“It (Kratom) is not safe, and it is highly addictive,” Lauren Eden said. Kratom is a plant found in Southeast Asia. Experts say it’s been used for hundreds of years.

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Kratom: A drug to cure a different addiction?

Imperial Kratom is a Charlotte-based company that mainly markets the drug with signs off to the side of the road and sells it out of their home. They also sell wholesale to a number of local businesses. While they believe the drug is beneficial for recreation and a number of ailments -- they say their top success stories come from treating heroin and opiate addicts.

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South Florida lawmaker wants to ban herbal supplement kratom

A South Florida mother spoke to Local 10 News about her support for a new push to ban an herbal supplement that she believes killed her son. It's a popular product critics have said is causing an epidemic here, and now a state lawmaker has introduced legislation to make it illegal. The herb, called kratom, is a leaf native to southeast Asia. It can be ground into a powder or taken as a pill. The Food and Drug Administration banned its import in 2014. In January, the agency seized $400,000 worth of supplements coming into the country.

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