Kratom is used to it control pain and opioid withdrawal. However, it carries the risk addiction and harmful side effects, which has led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Control Administration to identify kratom as a “drug of concern.”
The plant substance, while legal, has been linked to thousands of poisonings and hundreds of deaths in the United States, most also involving the use of other drugs, especially opioids.
In the new study, researchers examined data collected from more than 56,000 U.S. teens and adults during the 2019 National Health and Drug Survey.
The results showed that kratom use was especially high among those who misused prescription opioids and the highest (10%) among those with opioid use disorders.
Men, white people and those with depression and serious mental illness they were also more likely to report kratom use. According to the study published on April 29 at American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
“This study adds to our understanding of kratom prevalence and its connection to opioid abuse,” said study author Joseph Palamar. He is an associate professor of population health at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
“More research is needed to determine the efficacy of the substance in the treatment of opioid withdrawal and more research is needed to determine the safety of this substance when combined with other drugs,” Palamar said in a press release. from NYU. .
The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has more information kratom.
SOURCE: New York University, press release, April 29, 2021