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What is Kratom?

Kratom, a.k.a. Mitragyna speciose, is a tree native to tropical regions in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea). It is used throughout the world for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. Kratom leaves contain psychoactive (i.e. mind-altering) substances including opioids, and have been used for mood enhancement, pain relief and as an aphrodisiac. Other common names for kratom include Herbal Speedball, Ketum, Biak-biak, Kahuam, Ithang and Thom.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) includes kratom on its Drugs of Concern list (i.e. substances that are not currently regulated by the Controlled Substances Act, but that pose risks to individuals who misuse them). The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has identified kratom as an emerging drug of abuse.

More information can be found on the OASAS site