South Dakota is one step closer to restricting the availability of kratom in the state to people over the age of 21. Our KELOLAND News Investigation last fall looked into the dangers of kratom, which comes from Southeast Asia and has mild altering effects.
According to a CDC report, the substance has been linked to overdose deaths across the country. Kratom is banned in at least six states and several cities.
Last year, Aberdeen Representative Carl Perry, introduced a bill to ban kratom in South Dakota, but that attempted failed.
This year, Perry came back with a bill to restrict its use to 21 and older, which has now passed the state House.
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