Kratom- A “Drug of Concern”
Kratom, a substance somewhat new to the United States, is being used as an opioid alternative by some recovering addicts. The substance, which originates from Thailand, is legal and can be found in common products like energy drinks.
In Thailand, residents use this substance as a medicinal herb. When it came to the United States, it was advertised as just that. However, because of its addictive nature, the substance should be considered a drug.
Those who try the substance often make it a habit. They start off ingesting it in small doses, and then gradually increase their usage, just as they would with any other addictive substance. Those in recovery who try the substance are more prone to relapse.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned import of the drug to the United States and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) considers kratom as a “drug of concern.” Although it is considered dangerous, it is still sold in many places and remains unregulated. Some states have taken matters into their own hands and banned the use of the drug.