Lane County health officials issue warning on kratom

email  here: Karen Gaffney Director of Lane County Health and Human Services

“Future steps by the county could include asking local businesses to voluntarily stop selling the substance, he said. The county also could approve a local ban”.  Jason Davis, a spokesman for Lane County Public Health LINK

But kratom enthusiasts have resisted previous attempts to crack down on the substance. Last year, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency backed off its proposal to classify kratom as Schedule I controlled substance — on par with heroin, LSD, or ecstasy — after an outcry from users who lauded its benefits. A bill to simply study whether kratom should be considered an illegal drug died in the Oregon Legislature this year without a hearing. Only six states have banned or restricted kratom so far Michael Perren, a 49-year-old Pleasant Hill resident, started taking small doses of kratom as a substitute for huge amounts of coffee and energy drinks he was drinking. Perren is the general manager of a kratom distribution business that was founded by three kratom users in 2016. The business imports kratom powder from Indonesia, packages it and sells it to retailers in the Willamette Valley and on the Oregon Coast — smoke shops, convenience markets, and gas stations. Perren said the current crackdown is based largely on misconceptions about the substance. He said he has used kratom without any negative health consequences. Many of the deaths and overdoses have occurred, he said, when unregulated kratom products are sold laced with other toxic substances or when a person takes kratom in conjunction with other drugs.

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Lane County health officials issue warning on kratom
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