Kratom news from across the border. "If I go without Kratom, I'm going to work still, I
PARKER, fla. - Kratom is a plant-based drug that is said to offer relief from pain, depression, and anxiety.As the popularity of the herbal drug continues to grow, so do fears from local law enforcement. Local police are starting to see Kratom in more cases and say it's becoming a problem. Parker Police say they've seen and in increase in Kratom. After contacting the FDA, they've learned that the herbal drug could be unsafe. "The FDA in November came out with a ruling or a stance that Kratom was harmful for human consumption," said Parker Police Chief, Dennes Hutto. Many concerns stemming from lack of knowledge of what's in the drug, and officials say Kratom from questionable manufacturers is one of their biggest worries. "I'm concerned about where it's coming from, how it's manufactured, and why it's causing the deaths of people," said Parker Police, Lt. Aaron Wilson.Johnny Clark, Kratom advocate and user of the drug for 6 years, said pure Kratom isn't the problem. "If it's so deadly, why is there not one death attributed to Kratom? It's heroine and Kratom. Methadone, Xanax and Kratom. It's Imodium and Kratom. It's not just solely Kratom," said Kratom Advocate, Johnny Clark. Clark has spent years researching the herb in an attempt to educate people about the benefits of Kratom. One of those benefits is said to be helping with opiate withdrawal, but officials disagree. "What the FDA is now saying is that is does have Opioid properties," said Hutto. Users saying although it contains these properties, it's not an opiates. For them Kratom has proven more effective than other withdrawal methods. "When people are on opiates and addicted to opiates, they can't live a normal life because they're worried about getting high. If I go without Kratom, I'm going to work still, I'm alright. It's like going without coffee," said Clark.While the battle to ban the substance continues, so does the fight to save it. While Kratom is still technically legal in the U.S., 7 states and select counties have already banned the drug.
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