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What is the herb kratom like?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
Can only tell you: that I have treated 4 people who used kratom, two just to see what it did (opiate like/stimulant effects) and two who were using it to get off oxycodone/heroin. All 4 could not stop using kratom and had withdrawal when they tried. All of them were helped with tapering doses of Suboxone and strongly advised anyone NOT to try it. This is a limited experience, but it clearly is no wonder drug.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Dr. Tanya Russo commented
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Because of it's addictive potential, this herb is banned in many countries. It is still available in the United States, but likely not for long. Many merchants here will only accept cash for it. I agree with Dr. Wartenberg, best to avoid it.
Sep 1, 2014

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