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Interview with International Drug Policy and Harm Reduction Expert Pascal Tanguay

This interview is the text version of the audio episode #66 of the Kratom Science Podcast, posted December 2, 2021. It’s been lightly edited for clarity in reading. Pascal Tanguay is originally from Montreal, Canada and has been living in Thailand for 20 years studying issues around people who use drugs, international and Southeast Asian …

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87. Kratom News for August 2022

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87. Kratom News for August 2022
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Kailee joins Brian for this month’s kratom news. Florida Drug Policy Council considers a kratom ban in the state. A Florida car accident involving a passed out man with a needle in his pocket is blamed on kratom. Big cannabis news: Bill for federal decriminalization of cannabis introduced. WNBA athlete Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 …

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Lead (Pb) in kratom possibly hazardous, say researchers

Researchers from Midwestern University recently published an article in the journal Toxics entitled “Public Health Implications and Possible Sources of Lead (Pb) as a Contaminant of Poorly Regulated Kratom Products in the United States”. Based in part on earlier research conducted by lead author and pharmacologist Dr. Walter Prozialeck, several randomly selected kratom products have …

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Possible causes of kratom-related liver toxicities and deaths

Herb-induced liver injury (HILI) is “a rare adverse reaction associated with the consumption of herbal products”. A review published in 2020 found 12,068 cases of herb-induced liver injury worldwide, as well as 46,266 cases of liver injury induced by the use of drugs (Teschke et al., 2021). Herbal and dietary supplements contribute to 20% of …

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255 Pages of First-Hand Kratom Consumer Experiences

Thousands of comments posted to various pages of KratomScience.com from 2014 – 2021 reflected first-hand experiences with the consumption of kratom. Commenters independently found KratomScience.com and shared their experiences without solicitation. Though users can comment anonymously under different usernames and IP addresses, efforts were made to group together multiple comments made under the same email …

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82. Jakub Zientala of the European Kratom Alliance

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82. Jakub Zientala of the European Kratom Alliance
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Jakub Zientala, originally from Poland and residing in the Netherlands, calls himself a European at heart and soul. He holds degrees in European and Internaitonal Law and public policy, and he curently serves as EU and Government relations manager for the newly formed European Kratom Alliance. Kratom is already banned in many major European countries …

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Pennsylvania House Democrats Compare Kratom to Heroin in Pseudoscientific Tweet

On May 2nd, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee @PADemPolicy posted on Twitter that it was “in Allentown with @RepSchlossberg for a roundtable on the Evolving Epidemic: Opioids and Treatment Options.” Then in a reply to this tweet, wrote “Kratom is widely available but suppresses breathing much the same way as heroin.” As anyone who …

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Journal Club #31: A Kratom Guide for Healthcare Providers

Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club #31: A Kratom Guide for Healthcare Providers
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Perhaps the most important paper Dr. Jon and Brian have covered so far, “Understanding Kratom: A Guide for Healthcare Providers” is a comprehensive introduction to kratom for those who provide direct care to kratom consumers, such as physicians or mental health specialists. In this paper spearheaded by past Kratom Science Podcast guest, Dr. Marc Swogger, …

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81. Dr. Kirsten Smith of NIDA Returns

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81. Dr. Kirsten Smith of NIDA Returns
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Dr. Kirsten Smith of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) joins us once again to talk about an upcoming comprehensive study that will include a detailed nationwide survey, testing of kratom samples, and testing select individual kratom consumers. We also cover several papers that Dr. Smith led or co-authored that have been published since her …

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