Abstract: ‘People suffering from chronic pain are having difficulty getting effective treatment, in part because of doctors’ legitimate fears about prescribing opiates. These fears stem from a recognition that millions of people are suffering from prescription opiate and heroin addictions. Kratom has quietly become an alternative treatment for pain and opiate addiction and our own qualitative study of people who use kratom suggests that, with few harmful side effects, people are successfully using the plant to get off of opiates and to effectively treat their pain.
There is little evidence that kratom poses a serious public health risk, but criminalizing it would.’
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