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The Regulation of "Recovery Drugs"
One recovery drug arising in popularity and use is Kratom, or also known as Ithang, Thom, Ketum or Biak. Kratom is - more specifically - a tree native to Southeast Asia, and the leaves are extracted and consumed either directly, ingested in the form of a tablet or even in brewed in tea.
Kratom has the effects of Opioids, this being it acts as a stimulant, meaning higher alertness and being more energetic. But when abused in high doses, it can lead to to hallucinations, delusions, depression, as well as unsafe weight loss, vomiting, nausea, liver damage and even muscle pain.
These harrowing effects are extremely concerning, but the most alarming part is the extreme lack of regulation applied to these substances and the alarming ease of accessibility. Above this, there is a huge lack of research over the various aspects of Kratom, questioning whether it is safe or not to continue supplying and manufacturing it in the first place. However, multiple past users of Kratom have sworn by the effectiveness of the substance and how it has saved themselves from proper narcotic addiction and also, many countries and states have chosen to legalise Kratom, thus leaving a grey area over whether Kratom is effective or even safe.
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