Advocates, State Rep. call for Kratom regulations

A legal and readily available opioid-like substance should be more heavily regulated in Glynn County, a local group of advocates say.

They are now asking the Glynn County Commission to take action to make Kratom more difficult for youth to get and are hoping a bill introduced in February by state Rep. Rick Townsend, R-St. Simons Island, will help to regulate it statewide.

Kratom is a tropical tree from the coffee family that is native to Southeast Asia. The National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA, said the herbal-based products derived from its leaves can have a range of effects on people, from acting as a stimulant at low doses to producing sedative-like impacts at higher doses.

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