Narconon International Publishes Manual to Help Parents Prevent Use of New Dangerous Drug Kratom

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As dangerous drugs are outlawed, a new “legal” drug always seems to fill the void, meaning that parents must now stay alert and active in preventing abuse of and addiction to kratom.

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Parents should realize that their children may be told that this drug is both legal and safe.
They must counter this misinformation by telling their children of the addiction potential and other harm the drug can cause.

Just as there are some people who crave substances to alter their mental states, so there are always unscrupulous growers, chemists, importers and sellers who are willing to profit from these appetites. These growers and chemists always seem to bring a new intoxicating product to market each time an old one is banned by new laws. And so as drugs like mephedrone, Spice and bath salts became illegal in state after state, kratom has been moving into head shops and online stores to fill the void.

But any time a drug alters one's consciousness, there seems to be a price to pay – unpleasant symptoms, potential of overdose, trips to the emergency room and addiction. Kratom is no exception. This drug is native to Southeast Asia and has been used for centuries as a stimulant or pain reliever. But now, in Thailand, the primary source country for the drug, it is illegal to plant the tree it comes from and the drug itself is a controlled narcotic.

In the US, this drug arrived in smoke shops and internet stores in 2012, as the tragic effects from bath salts and Spice drugs caused new laws banning them to be quickly put into effect. Those who could no longer openly buy these mixes of synthetic drugs began to find similar foil-wrapped packages of kratom. And now, one by one, states are starting to move legislation into the queue to ban this newest addition.

Like with most other drugs, not every person who abuses it becomes addicted, but some do. A report in the Journal of Medical Toxicology stated that prolonged use can indeed result in addiction and nasty withdrawal, with some people also suffering from seizures. The withdrawal symptoms are unpleasantly like those of opiates: cramping, abdominal pain, sweating and diarrhea.

"Those who want to use this drug may complain that there needs to be more research but we know already that there are many adverse effects related to the drug, including strong addictive potential," said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International. "At small doses, it acts like a stimulant and at higher doses, it is more like an opiate and one is more prone to become addicted to it. Just like any addictive substance, one builds a tolerance to it and soon begins to want more of the drug. The end of this road is full-on addiction."

Drug Enforcement Administration information on the drug includes the following effects:

  •     Euphoria
  •     Drowsiness
  •     Nausea
  •     Loss of appetite/anorexia
  •     Weight loss
  •     Depression
  •     Insomnia
  •     Lowered immunity
  •     Psychotic symptoms including hallucinations, delusion and confusion
  •     Withdrawal symptoms including lack of motivation, anxiety, hostility, aggression, pains and jerky motions of the arms and legs.

"Parents should realize that their children may be told that this drug is both legal and safe," said Carr. "They must counter this misinformation by telling their children of the addiction potential and other harm the drug can cause. Parents may not realize the power they have to prevent substance abuse but when they are clear about their opposition to any drug or alcohol abuse, it actually does reduce usage among the young."

To help parents clearly deliver this message, Carr stated that Narconon International has recently released the Safe Summer Guide, ten ways parents can protect their children from the abuse of kratom and other drugs. The Safe Summer Guide is available for free download at http://www.narconon.org/drug-abuse/keeping-teens-safe.html.

For more information on Narconon®, call 1-800-775-8750 or visit http://www.narconon.org.

Source references:

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_chem_info/kratom.pdf
http://dailyuw.com/archive/2013/02/26/u-district/new-drug-kratom-gains-popularity-u-district#.Uaexv5XfX8s
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/03/19/10760892-asian-leaf-kratom-making-presence-felt-in-us-emergency-rooms?lite

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