Kratom, a hotly debated plant-based drug known to produce opioid-like effects, has until now been legal in Florida and sold in local shops. However, starting September 30, 2016, it will be temporarily placed on the Schedule 1 Drug list of the Controlled Substances Act, according to the DEA.
Schedule 1 Drug
Kratom is a Drug
Kratom comes in teas, powders, pills, or in its traditional plant form. Many people use it as a form of alternative medicine for stress, depression, anxiety, and even pain. The plant is known for its natural calming abilities, but in highly concentrated forms can be extremely dangerous, which is why there is such a push to ban the substance. Many people also abuse the plant/drug because of the opioid-like effects it produces.
Kratom is not new and has been around for thousands of years, but is not currently approved to be used for any medical treatment purposes in the US. But, since the recent boom of drug overdoses and deaths, the DEA is looking more closely at all habit forming and dangerous drugs that are on the market, including those legal and illegal.
The CDC also reports that Kratom abuse has led to 660 emergency phone calls of intoxication between 2010 -2015. Abuse of the drug can lead to serious physical effects, including weight loss, vomiting, insomnia, hallucinations, and death.
In 2014, a local Florida mother lost her son to suicide, and she believes Kratom is to blame. Read the full story here: Kratom Addiction Claimed The Life Of Ian Mautner.
Although some stand by the drug and its abilities to “cure” their addiction to heroin and opioids. We believe that complete abstinence, and not substitution, is the best way to treat drug addiction and achieve long-term recovery.
This is not a theory; it’s been our true experience since we first opened our doors in 1998. To learn more, contact us now at 800-861-1768.Tags: DEA, Kratom, kratom overdose