Kratom is a plant extract that is legally sold as a “dietary ingredient” in a variety of forms. It is not “controlled” under the FDA and is used by many because it has a stimulant effect in low doses. However, in larger doses, Kratom affects the opiate receptors of the brain stimulating it with a euphoria that resembles natural or synthetic opioids like Heroin or Fentanyl.
With long-term use, the body/brain can build a higher and higher tolerance, resulting in physical dependence or addiction. The withdrawals are similar to other opiate withdrawals, leaving the individual in pain, nausea, and feeling Dopesick. Medical detoxification can sometimes be necessary to provide comfort, so the individual remains committed to a program of abstinence but the detoxification is similar to what would likely be recommended for other opioid withdrawals.
However, because Kratom is far more expensive (approximately $20 per small bottle) than illicit street drugs like fentanyl or heroin, we have seen cases where the individual, out of financial necessity, switches to these other, more deadly substances. Sadly, in Florida, Kratom is most prominently sold in local gas stations.
In our opinion, this should be scheduled like other controlled substances and not sold over the counter. If you see this being sold at a local gas station, ask them if they understand the effects. Ask them to stop selling it. Take pictures and let them know you will post them and if they are part of a chain or a franchise because many of those parent entities are receptive to phone calls and requests to discontinue the sale of these harmful items. Several cities and counties have outlawed the sale of this substance.
Treatment is available for Kratom and the individual often has to detox the same way as an opioid addict. This is not harmless. Contact us today at (772) 584-3083 or HELP@verobeachrecovery.com if you or a loved one has a problem with Kratom.
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