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Kratom praised by some as a natural pain remedy, but deaths prompt warning

02/10/2018

Andrew Turner's years in the military left him suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, back pain and the effects of an injury that mangled his hand. "I was a broken toy," he said. Tossed aside. Barely able to get off the couch. Nancy Knoebel's 27-year-old son began using kratom after he stopped taking medication to treat his heroin addiction. But he was having withdrawal symptoms, so he turned to an herbal remedy. Within a few months, Knoebel's son was dead from what a medical examiner determined were the "toxic effects" of kratom. "If kratom hadn't killed him, he'd be alive and sober," Knoebel said. "It was like someone ran a red light and killed him."


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