Kratom, an Emerging Drug of Abuse: A Case Report of Overdose and Management of Withdrawal : A&A Practice

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Kratom, an Emerging Drug of Abuse: A Case Report of Overdose and Management of Withdrawal

Diep, Jack MD*; Chin, David Tian BS; Gupta, Somdatta MD; Syed, Faraz DO§; Xiong, Ming MD, PhD; Cheng, Jianguo MD, PhD*

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A & A Practice 10(8):p 192-194, April 15, 2018. | DOI: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000000658

Abstract

Kratom is an herb indigenous to Southeast Asia with psychoactive opioid compounds, often used as a treatment for chronic pain or opiate withdrawal symptoms. It is legally and readily available via Internet sales and has been identified as an emerging drug of abuse in the United States. Kratom use has been associated with psychosis, seizures, and even death. At lower doses, kratom acts as a stimulant, while at higher doses, it produces analgesia and euphoria. Here, we describe the successful management of kratom overdose and withdrawal in a young man with negative toxicology screens.

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