A neighbourhood battle to manage the legality of Kratom is advancing up to the state legislative hall. One local mother is claiming it was Kratom that was the cause of her son’s suicide, and not the handful of anti depressant medications which her son had been consuming on a daily basis. We see thousands of suicide’s each year from anti-depressants but now Kratom is being targeted as a cause of the issue.
Kratom has been gaining popularity in Kava bars across Florida and a few other states. Presently, a Senate bill is pushing to make it a controlled substance. In Palm Beach County, Florida, government officials are looking into it.
The law is looking to make Kratom more controlled as there have been recent studies proving that many of the Kratom on the market has been adulterated by synthetics which can be dangerous.
In July of last year, Linda Mautner says she lost her son to Kratom intake. “This was not just any suicide, this was a drug suicide” says Mautner, who had been concerned about her son’s behaviour in the months leading up to the passing of her son. Her son had jumped off an overpass over I-95 into traffic. When his bloodstream was tested, the autopsy revealed an unknown level of Mitragynine, the active alkaloid in Kratom, along with many other anti-depressant drugs which are notoriously known for causing suicidal tendancies.
Mautner is certain that it was the Kratom which caused the suicide which is why she is pushing to have the bill passed. She is planning on making her way to Tallahassee to meet with legislative advisors to bring awareness to the topic and hopefully have it passed as a controlled substance.
A manager of Purple Lotus Bar in West Palm beach mentioned her information is false and without substance. She mentions that the herb in question has no dangerous side effects and is used in the fight against depression and not the cause of it. “It is no more addictive than a regular cup of coffee, except it may last longer and be a little more stimulating” says Kristie McDonald.
Kratom is a plant that belongs to the coffee family and has a lot of positive side effects associated with it, such side effects are: Pain relief, Blood Pressure Control and can help with anxiety.