Legislature getting fired up over Kratom debate

(WIAT) — Some say Kratom is just a plant, but others believe it’s dangerous. A bill that would add Kratom to “schedule one” of the controlled substance list got a favorable report in the legislature, but not without a heated debate. The plant-based product is marketed as an herbal supplement that can help ease minor muscle pain. Opponents of the Kratom bill suggested instead of banning Kratom, it should be properly labelled and only available to those age 19 and up.

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N.H. Senate Passes Bill to Ban Kratom Use by Minors

The N.H. Senate unanimously approved a bill to ban the use of Kratom by minors. Kratom is a plant from a tree similar to coffee that derives from Southeast Asia. It has been used for decades as an herbal tea and can also be smoked. Kratom is currently sold throughout the United States in smoke shops and specialty stores. Those who use it say it helps with chronic pain and curbs opioid addiction.

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Feds Seize Dietary Supplements Containing Kratom

U.S. Marshals, at the request of the Food and Drug Administration, seized 90,000 bottles of dietary supplements labeled as containing kratom. The product, manufactured for and held by Dordoniz Natural Products LLC, located in South Beloit, Illinois, is marketed under the brand name RelaKzpro and worth more than $400,000.

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I did Kratom so you don’t have to...

The seven pills, each about the size of the last joint on your pinky, sat on the counter looking like a month’s worth of vitamins. “Fuck it,” I said, having no idea what was going to happen, and down the hatch they went. For those of you who don’t know what Kratom is, it’s related to the coffee tree and is native to Southeast Asia. It has been traditionally used as a stimulant in low doses and a sedative at high doses, as well as a recreational drug, pain killer, anti-diarrheal and treatment for opiate addiction, according sagewisdom.org.

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DTF: Kratom not here, yet

While many law enforcement officials state wide are battling a popular substitute for illegal drugs, Drug Task Force officials said the epidemic hasn’t made its way here, yet. While it is currently legal, Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, hopes to outlaw the substitutes commonly known as kratom or Vivazen. His bill, SB226, would add those to the criminal code as schedule I controlled substances.

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