Kratom Deaths

Kratom capsules are seen in 2017 in Albany, N.Y.

ANNAPOLIS — Kratom, a substance that users told lawmakers they take as a pain and addiction treatment, would see more stringent regulation in Maryland under legislation making its way through the General Assembly. Some government agencies advise against using the substance, calling it dangerous — while opponents of the bill are advocating for safety standards instead.

Originating in southeast Asian countries, including Thailand and Indonesia, kratom is an herbal substance that comes from evergreen trees and has similar effects as opioids.

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That’s unfortunate but as long as people can still get it, it’s not the end of the world. That’s plant helped me get off heroin and it works really well for opiate cravings. It doesn’t make the craving go away completely but it makes it far more manageable. In the last year, there were probably 5-10 times that I know I would have relapsed. A ban would be devastating for the people who use kratom stay away from much stronger opiates/ opioids but it also be devastating for the families of those people. It would be really hard for me to tell my family that the only thing that’s helped me (and by extension them) return to a somewhat normal life might be taken away.

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