Kratom: Implications for health care providers

Deana Goldin, Deborah Salani, Mary McKay

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Kratom is an herbal drug originating from the Mitragyna speciosa, a plant indigenous to Southeast Asia. Kratom has been widely used for its stimulant and opioid-like effects derived from its main psychoactive alkaloid properties mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. In the United States, kratom is gaining popularity as an herbal and natural dietary supplement, as well as a natural and legal alternative to narcotics. Kratom use is typically accompanied by increasing tolerance and dependence making it highly problematic. Kratom’s potentially toxic and lethal properties have become an emerging public health threat. Due to deficiencies of governmental controls and its rising prevalence among individuals who ingest kratom, health care providers need to be familiar with the pharmacology, adverse effects, and problems associated with kratom ingestion when caring for individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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