The fact that Kratom can mitigate the painful effects of opiate withdrawl is significant, given that heroin use has reached staggering rates in the U.S. A report by the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy estimated a1.5 million chronic heroin users in the US, which doesnt account for users that use heroin less than 4 days per month.
While it is regularly used to curb opiate addiction by reducing the withdrawal symptoms, Kratom itself can be addictive.
While it remains popular in underground circles, Kratom has been illegal in Thailand since 1943 (it’s also banned in Malaysia, Burma and Australia). However, as Fox News reported, “Thai officials are considering reversing the 70 year old ban on kratom, due to the plant’s value in weaning addicts off of opiates.”
One mother in South Florida told the local CBS news the story of her 17-year-old sons spiral into Kratom addiction after he tried a plant at a kava bar with friends.