Leader

Collapse

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Drug Trent Alert - Kratom

Collapse

300x250 Mobile

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Drug Trent Alert - Kratom

    Kratom Overview:

    Kratom is an emerging legal, over-the-counter substance being marketed as an “alternative medicine.” It is advertised as a pain killer, treatment for diarrhea, and a therapy for opiate addiction. Usually consumed as a tea, abusers may also chew, smoke or swallow kratom. In low doses, kratom may be used as a stimulant. However, in higher doses, it mimics a sedative. It is also frequently taken as a recreational drug.

    Kratom is an herbal drug derived from a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia- Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar. Forms of kratom available through the Internet include leaves (whole or crushed), powder, extract, encapsulated powder and extract resin "pies" (pellets or bars made from reduced extract).

    Kratom has been marketed under other names including: Thank, Kakuam, Thom, Ketum and Biak. It is commonly purchased on the Internet from various websites in the United States and overseas. There have been numerous reports of kratom abuse throughout Europe and several locations in the United States. The popularity of this product is broadened through Internet-based discussion groups, online retailers and strategic marketing practices. Kratom is available at head shops within the Gulf Coast HIDTA area. Retail prices for various gram-sized packages of kratom range from $15 - $50 USD depending on the potency and strain. There is no legitimate medical use for kratom in the United States.

    While kratom abuse is not believed to be widespread in the United States, it has the potential of becoming an emerging trend. Kratom, although not controlled in the United States, is never-the-less, currently on the DEA list of Drugs and Chemicals of Concern.

    Side Effects:

    Reported side effects include: nausea, itching, sweating, dry mouth, constipation, increased urination, and loss of appetite. These effects commonly occur within five to ten minutes after ingestion and last from two to five hours. Like heroin and other opiates, kratom consumption may also lead to addiction. Long-term use of kratom produces anorexia, weight loss, insomnia, and skin darkening. Withdrawal symptoms may consist of hostility, aggression, wet nose, achy muscles and bones, and jerky movement of the limbs. In addicts, several cases of psychotic symptoms have been reported that included hallucinations, delusion and confusion.

    Incidents:

    Physicians and drug abuse centers in Florida have reported seeing more than 100 patients over the past year due to problems associated with kratom use. Kratom abuse is common in the rehab community where it is used as a substitute for drugs like heroin or oxycodone because it does not appear on a drug screen. Many head shops are marketing kratom as an opiate like substance with effects similar to that of many illegal drugs.

    Abuse of the substance has also been reported by poison control centers in Arizona. According to treatment professionals in the Gulf Coast HIDTA, there have been no reports of kratom abuse or overdoses in our five-state area.

    _____

    Sources: Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), Louisiana State Police, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, National Drug Intelligence Center, Louisiana State Police, Drug Enforcement Administration- Pharmaceutical Diversion. Mississippi Department of Mental Health. Office of Arkansas State Drug Director.
    Originally posted by SSD
    It has long been the tradition on this forum and as well as professionally not to second guess or Monday morning QB the officer's who were actually on-scene and had to make the decision. That being said, I don't think that your discussion will go very far on this board.
    Originally posted by Iowa #1603
    And now you are arguing about not arguing..................

MR300x250 Tablet

Collapse

What's Going On

Collapse

There are currently 11373 users online. 431 members and 10942 guests.

Most users ever online was 19,482 at 12:44 PM on 09-29-2011.

Welcome Ad

Collapse
Working...
X