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Kratom beginning to rival cannabis in controversy over risks, benefits

“It’s important to realize that thousands of people who were formerly using opioids — either for pain or because they were addicted — have transferred to kratom … and now are off opioids,” Dr. Henningfield said. But at this point many are terrified of losing that lifeline, he added …

“People are choosing kratom over dangerous opioids. If our government bans it, it will create a black market. We’re all for regulations and standards,” Candland said. “We want responsible manufacturers and sellers. But the worst thing they can do is classify it as a Schedule I controlled substance, which would make any future research exponentially more expensive.” … [A kratom advocate writes] “It drops my pain level as much as with an opiate, so I’ve been able to replace most of my opiates with kratom,” Romney said. “I tried everything under the sun, and this has been a miracle for me. I’ve been able to be active again, make plans for the day and not be paralyzed in bed all day because I don’t have enough opiates to take care of my pain.”

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Kratom beginning to rival cannabis in controversy over risks, benefits
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