When Linda Mautner’s son, Ian Mautner, took his first sip of Kava laced with Kratom, their lives were never going to be the same again. Ian Mautner, 20, committed suicide this past July, and his two and a half year addiction to Kratom may be to blame.
Ian Mautner: Kratom Debate
Although there is great debate over the “herbal” supplement, Kratom is still not FDA regulated and is classified among a list of “Drugs and Chemicals of Concern.” As a result, it’s becoming more difficult to ignore the facts surrounding the drug. Since the time of Ian’s death, Linda Mautner has been working diligently with officials and organizations like The Addict’s Mom to not only raise awareness about the addicting factors of the drug, but also encourage laws that would ban Kratom in South Florida.
Kratom Addiction Is Real
We had the opportunity recently to sit down with Linda and hear her side of the story. Ian Mautner had everything to live for. He was a college student, had a loving family, many wonderful friends, and a passion for life. Friends and family were shocked when they heard the news that Ian had jumped off a bridge to his untimely death. His mother had known about his addiction to Kratom, and knew that this was not an ordinary suicide – this was a drug induced suicide. Linda had attempted to help her son recover from his Kratom addiction for over two years; Ian was spending almost $60.00 a day on his habit. Ian had expressed to his mother on numerous occasions that he couldn’t stop abusing Kratom, and it started to physically and mentally take a toll on him. He had admitted that Kratom was his drug of choice and he was addicted to its opiate-like affects. Ian was not an alcohol or drug abuser before he got hooked on Kratom, and he is not alone when it comes to Kratom addiction.
Raising Awareness And Finding A Solution
Linda Mautner’s goal is to make sure that her son did not die in vain; she is working diligently to inform parents and Kratom users about the dangerous effects this drug can produce. Unfortunately, many people are misinformed about Kratom and believe that since it is legal, it must be safe. The truth is that addiction is more than just the drug abused. Any time a mind-altering chemical is abused, it can change the chemistry of the brain, which ultimately can make a person do things they would never normally do, and feel things they would never naturally feel. The other false information that is circulating on the web is that Kratom is a safe alternative to detoxing off opiates. Any detox that is not done in a medical facility is dangerous. In addition, just detoxing off an opiate is not treatment by itself. Anyone who has an addiction to any drug and is attempting to get clean long-term, usually cannot stay clean on a detox alone. Some form of treatment or recovery program is almost always needed in order to fully recover from drug abuse and addiction.
What happened to Ian and his family is nothing short of tragic. Drug addiction has become this nation’s black plague, and we can choose to ignore it or stand up and work towards a solution together. Many people will argue how safe Kratom is compared to other drugs, but it doesn’t matter what drug is more dangerous, because any drug that a person abuses to get high is the most dangerous drug. The majority of people who read this article will want to focus on the drug Kratom, many of you will try to defend it, but the truth still remains – a young boy’s life is gone and he was addicted to Kratom. You can argue all kinds of facts, but you can’t argue with an actual experience.
Linda had one final message to warn those who may not know about the dangers of Kratom: “If I can say one thing to parents or those who want to use Kratom – don’t. Don’t even do it once. It’s not worth it.”
Want to get involved?
The Addiction and Healing in Delray Beach public forum and community meeting is taking place October 2nd, 2014 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. It will be held at the Drug Abuse Foundation located at 400 South Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, Fl. The organizers of this event are hoping to inspire constructive dialogue, raise awareness, and bring action towards creating a better tomorrow for our community and beyond. Together we can help break the cycle of addiction and save lives.