The U.S. May Ban Kratom. But Are its Effects Deadly or Lifesaving?

Across America, thousands of people are throwing away their prescription drugs and picking up kratom, a plant-based drug from Southeast Asia usually brewed as a tea. Within the leaves of this tropical tree are opioid-like compounds that users say provide pain and anxiety relief, and the ability to wean off street drugs like heroin. But some health organizations warn kratom can be addictive itself or even deadly. An estimated five million people use kratom regularly, according to the Amer

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