Kratom: a legal drug that is gaining popularity, but could be dangerous

A new drug is on the market in smoke shops across the country, and some are calling it the next "legal high". It can be taken in a capsule, brewed into tea, or found as a liquid, and it's completely legal for anyone over the age 18 to buy in the state of Louisiana. KATC's Investigative Team dug a little deeper into the drug to get answers on where it came from and why it could be dangerous.

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Oxford police say selling Kratom is now illegal in city

As of today most, if not all, Oxford convenience stores have pulled the substance Kratom from shelves. The Oxford Police Department ordered the removal of any Kratom products in the city. "We're giving our stores time to remove the products from the stores," said Jason Webb, an investigator with the Oxford Police Department. Stores have 24 hours until the sale of Kratom becomes illegal, according to official notices handed out across the city.

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Kratom makes addiction recovery harder in South Florida

For those fighting drug addiction in South Florida. there is a growing problem--a legal alternative to drugs that is becoming easier to find. Kratom, mixed in teas, is growing in popularity, even while there's growing concern. A Google search for where to buy Kratom produced a list of more than 50 locations between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. It can bought at "Let's Roll Tobacco" and at Purple Lotus, they'll serve it to you as a hot beverage. There are many varieties that tout different sensations, but among the recovery community, it's bad news.

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Senate bill would ban sale of kratom herb to those under 18

DOVER — A state Senate bill originally intended to prohibit the possession, use or sale of kratom — an herbal supplement used by some as a stimulant — has been amended to ban possession by those under 18. According to state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth, the amendment was made to Senate Bill 540 after hearing testimony from people who claimed they had been helped by the substance.

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Two Phuket women arrested with kratom, bullets and gun

Siripong Leeprasit, a senior official from Thalang District Office led his team and civil defence volunteers to arrest Ms Wasinee Isolbusor, 24, and Ms Jutharat Jitnaree, 18, at Wasinee’s home next to a klong in Soi Mak Prok Anusorn in Moo 1 Mai Khao. The two were found to be in possession of 1.25 litres of kratom juice, one unregistered .38 mm Smith & Wesson pistol, 15 .38mm bullets, 41 .45mm bullets, 857 bundle of fresh kratom leaves weighing a total of 43.3 kilos, 62 bottles of cough syrup and other items.

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