House Member Wants To Regulate Kratom

(MISSOURINET) – In previous years, a bill that would regulate kratom (kray-tum) has been held up in the senate and vetoed by the governor. Now, state Representative Phil Christofanelli (crist-oh-fan-el-EE), a Republican from St. Peters, has started from scratch and hopes to get his bill passed in these final four weeks of session. Kratom is an herbal supplement that is consumed in pill form. It has a mild stimulant effect as well as provides mild pain relief for chronic aches and pains. It is also used to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

On the flipside, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration says using Kratom can produce sedative effects in high doses.