Kratom Use Increasingly Popular, Addiction Expert Says


Use of kratom, a psychoactive plant, is becoming increasingly popular despite its potential for addiction, according to an expert at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

“What we’re seeing is regular use of it, especially in adolescents and young adults,” said Dr. Martin Seppala, Chief Medical Officer. “It fits in with alcohol, marijuana and tobacco. It’s legal, so it’s really easy for kids to get a hold of, and they’ll try it to see what it does to them.”

Kratom is legal in most states, and is available in many convenience stores, gas stations and head shops, USA Today reports.

In September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to use kratom, a plant that grows naturally in Southeast Asian countries. The FDA said it is concerned that kratom, which affects the same opioid brain receptors as morphine, appears to have properties that expose people to the risks of addiction, abuse and dependence.

What Are the Current Drug Trends Among Teens and Young Adults?

Drug trends among teens today still include marijuana, opioids and hallucinogens, but also substances like kratom, K2/Spice and others purchased online.

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    January 9, 2020 at 9:26 PM

    Kratom shouldn’t be used as a substitute for any drug… Unadulterated , untouched, pure Kratom is safe..
    it’s like “Reefer Madness” all over again !

    I was addicted to pain pills, H and barbiturates for 25 plus yrs. I stopped it all one day went through hell then developed severe anxiety, refusing to go back on anxiety meds (that my dr. wanted to put me back on) I stumbled upon Kratom.. tried it and it helped SO much with the pain and anxiety, i sought out groups about this plant.. since being in these groups i have heard copious amounts of testimonies from people that have overcome the addictions of opioids and or alcoholism! I suggest getting joining some of these Kratom groups sit back and watch the magic of living life again! Please don’t believe articles claiming bad outcomes about this wonderful plant..
    big pharma up to no good because it’s a plant that’s readily available in most states… (it is banned in some states) I wish you all only the best…

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    Misty Brown

    January 9, 2020 at 7:02 PM

    KRATOM SAVES LIVES!!! KRATOM SAVED AND IS STILL SAVING MY LIFE! I AM 6mths sober now BECAUSE of Kratom! I was once a 11yr pain pill addict! UNADULTERATED Kratom is safe! What we want and need is the KRATOM CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT(KCPA) so that responsible adults such as myself can continue living a brand new life!

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    January 4, 2020 at 8:59 AM

    Please take the time to research Kratom. The media likes to parrot what the fda has said about Kratom, which is all just misinformation and propaganda. Kratom is safe to use. If the fda really cared about us they would have intervened in the opioid epidemic by restricting opioid medication. They did nothing. And they could have. But instead, they go after a plant that is helping millions of people. It’s all about the money folks. Please, wake up.

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    January 4, 2020 at 12:28 AM

    For me Kratom relieves Around 75% of my pain from fibromyalgia, arthritis, spinal stenosis, frayed meniscus,shoulder tendinitis and sciatica

    Life for 8 years before taking Kratom
    *taking 11 medications including prescribed dilaudid and fentanyl
    *Using a wheelchair and walker
    *rarely left the house
    *couldnt go see my mom after she went to the nursing home for 3 years
    *missed out on ALL activities my kids had at school
    *i had no relationships with my kids

    I have been taking KRATOM now for 5 years and this is my life now
    * taking ZERO medications and my dr approves of Kratom
    * I bike several miles a day through a nature preserve near our home or walk 2 miles a day.
    *go out to places several times a week for dinner, coffee etc
    *I saw my mom often which is so important as she died March 23
    * I went on a family camping and road trip from Michigan to Wyoming for the solar eclipse where I even did some rock climbing
    * I have been able to get to know my kids and establish a relationship. I am so lucky they all go to local colleges or I never would have gotten to know them.

    My daughter got married Nov 1. I danced till 11.

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