Kratom users advocate for more research on substance

BILLINGS, Mont. – Users of Kratom in Montana are relieved after the legal status of the plant-based substance was up in the air during the last legislative session. 

“It’s been really helpful for me after I couldn’t use prescription drugs,” said Lindsey Jellum, a real estate agent in Billings.

“I was in a car accident years ago, and eventually I wasn’t allowed to take prescription drugs to help. I turned to Kratom, and it’s been really helpful for my health and getting my energy back.” 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports Kratom to have opioid and stimulant like affects. 

While not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, NIH reports Kratom use to manage withdrawal symptoms, something using it as an alternative to get off of drugs.

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