Kratom is a substance derived from a tree native to Southeast Asia that has been showing up in local stores. To date, there has been a limited amount of legitimate research conducted on Kratom and the FDA has not approved any use of Kratom for treatment. While the legal status of Kratom is being debated, use by anyone should be discouraged, especially when it comes to youth.
Like many other drugs, Kratom has the potential to be addictive, can lead to other health concerns and may create some safety issues. Kratom side effects include anxiety, nausea, constipation, aggression, seizures, confusion, problems with coordination and increased mental health issues. Like many unregulated drugs, there is no standard for ingredients and no set dosage for use, leading to additional dangers from overuse. Additionally, there have been a number of cases where Kratom products were tested revealing the presence of other drugs. Sadly, someone could possibly develop substance use disorders to Kratom or use it as a short term replacement when they cannot obtain heroin or other drugs.
ASAC can assist organizations in being more educated on this topic or any other emerging drug trends. Anyone interested in more information or gaining assistance can call to talk to a prevention specialist in any of our offices: Cedar Rapids (319-390-1884), Clinton (563-243-2124), Anamosa (319-462-4327), Maquoketa (563-652-2216) and Vinton (319-436-4728 x 5809).