CDC Calls Plant-Based Drug Kratom Emerging Public Health Threat

Join Together News Service from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Kratom, a plant-based drug with opioid-like effects, is an emerging public health threat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns.

In a new report, the CDC says the number of kratom-related calls to poison control centers in 2015 was 10 times higher than in 2010, according to MedPage Today. Last year, poison control centers received 263 such calls. Kratom is often taken in combination with other drugs, such as ethanol, botanicals, benzodiazepines, narcotics, and acetaminophen.

Kratom can lead to psychosis, seizures and death, the CDC said. It is on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drugs of Concern list, but is unregulated at the federal level.

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    October 1, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    This article is complete nonsense. I lived, for over a decade in extreme pain and was prescribed narcotics, legal narcotics, that I very quickly became addicted to. These said narcotics almost cost me my marriage and my life. I have lost countless friends to prescribed meds and alcohol which are both legal and lethal. Since I started taking Kratom I have been given release from the agony that was my life. My wife given relief from her fibromyalgia agony. On many occasions have run out of Kratom and have had ZERO!!!!! Side effects. When I used to run out of my pills I would almost immediately become violently ill, couldn’t go to work or even get out of bed, unless to vomit or deal with the other horrible side effects of narcotics. Kratom helped me get off of the pills completely and get the relief I desperately needed.

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    Marcelina Paez

    September 13, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    This is not factual. Kratom can’t lead to any of those symptoms. Those symptoms in conjunction with kratom only happen when several other medications are mixed with it, not normal therapeutic levels of other medications either. Every single toxicology report for someone who had was “harmed” or supposedly died due to kratom is available online. All of which showing high levels of other meds, and none saying kratom was to blame only that it contributed. If I can find the facts using Google, why can’t you?

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    August 2, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Kratom is also used to help people who are are wanting to quit opiate addiction and dependency without the severe withdrawal effects. According to Matt Finch from the Opiate Addiction Support website, taking it in small doses actually helps people stop taking opiates but he acknowledges that taken too long could lead to Kratom addiction and severe withdrawal symptoms.

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