How addictive is kratom?

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Kratom is a derivative of a plant found in Southeast Asia that produces euphoric effects similar to opioids, but it is not an opioid. 

Is kratom illegal?

Kratom is not currently illegal in the United States. It is much less commonly used in the U.S. and so the data on its risks are limited. However, it is thought to be “addictive” in the sense that patients can become physiologically dependent on kratom and even potentially have cravings and side effects after discontinuing use. 

As it is not a regulated substance, its use is not recommended

Elena Hill, MD, MPH

Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.

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