Tag Archives: opioid

Kratom-Emerging Drug of Abuse

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) currently includes kratom on its "Drugs of Concern" list and the National Institute  Drug Abuse (NIDA) has identified kratom as an emerging drug of abuse. Kratom is a tree, native to tropical regions in Southeast Asia. It is known for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. Its street names include Herbal Speedball, Ketum, Biak-biak, Kahuam, Ithang and Thom.

Kratom can be sold as a green powder, an extract or a gum. It is processed in a similar fashion to cannabis, whereby the leaves are dried and then made into a powder or oily resin. The leaves can be chewed, used as a tea, smoked or consumed in food.

Kratom has been used as an herbal alternative to treat or reduce withdrawal...

Unintentional Overdoses and Fentanyl

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, examined overdose deaths in Ohio that occurred in between January and February of this year. It is already known that fentanyl has become a significant contributor to unintentional overdose deaths in the United States. The report highlighted that in approximately 90% of the unintentional overdose deaths examined during this timeframe fentanyl, fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids) or both were the...

Town Hall with AG Schneiderman on the Opioid Crisis

Yesterday, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman hosted his first ever online town hall to discuss, in the Attorney General's words, the historic public health emergency that has been created by the opioid crisis. Overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50 (U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Remarks on DEA Fentanyl Guidance, June 6, 2017). .  At the...