Understanding Kratom

Between the years 1999 and 2014, the yearly count of overdose death due to heroin and/or prescription opioids quadrupled. 2014 saw 30,000 people die because of an overdose on an opioid based substance. In America, Wired reports, the opioid epidemic is costly. Thousands of lives are lost— an average of 129 a day to opioid overdose. Each day almost 5,000 new people are starting to abuse both prescription opioids or heroin. Many of them will, according to probability and statistic, die.

Opioid abuse is a phenomenon in need of a cure. Around the world, countries are struggling to find an answer that will encourage citizens to give up their addictions for good. Rehabilitation, therapy, and medication assisted treatment have become commonplace methods. On average, one in ten people who try to recover from addiction will stay sober for five years or more. Meaning that for many, the current methods aren’t enough.

Though still controversial, medication assisted treatments, like the prescription of substance replacement therapy drug Suboxone, does find success in keeping people off opioids. Some countries have taken measure to decriminalize illicit substances and set up harm reduction or prevention practices, such as safe use clinics and needle exchanges. Recently in prevention methods has been the use of a substance called Kratom.

Kratom is not an opioid plant. Many of its chemical properties, however, create opioid-like effects. So similar to opioids are the effects of Kratom that the DEA has made moves to ban the substance. Kratom has not yet been proven to be addictive or problematic. Yet, in recovering addicts who use the plant for treatment, they display similar side effects to being high on opioids. Interfering with recovery, treatment, and therapy, the DEA is concerned about the potential Kratom has to induce more harm than good.

Unfortunately, millions of other people have found Kratom to be helpful in getting through opioid withdrawal. Kratom, they feel, encourages recovery rather than discourages it.


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