DEA says kratom will become illegal; no date set - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

DEA says kratom will become illegal; no date set

The DEA says it has not yet set a date as to when they will make kratom illegal. (Photo source: WLOX News) The DEA says it has not yet set a date as to when they will make kratom illegal. (Photo source: WLOX News)
(WLOX) -

Users say kratom is an opioid that acts as a pain reliever and replacement to other narcotics. However, the Drug Enforcement Agency wants to outlaw the natural substance that many people depend on every day.

Moss Point resident Ethan Roberts purchases kratom at Double Shoppe One Stop in Ocean Springs. He says the substance has helped him shake an opiate addiction that sent him to rehab multiple times.

"Sometimes I have bad cravings and want to get high, when I found kratom it made those feelings go away, for me it doesn't make me feel like nodding out, going to sleep. It makes me a functioning member of society," said Roberts.

Shop owners say kratom can be taken in pill, tea, or extract form. Owner of Double Shoppe One Stop, David Lebron, says he's met dozens of people who say kratom has saved their lives.

Lebron noted, "Every day I see people in the store, some are buying as much as they afford, others are asking what alternative will there be for me once this goes out."

The owner only recently learned that the classification of kratom was scheduled to change.

"We received informal notice DEA planning to place botanical called kratom on schedule one, meaning it would be illegal," Lebron said.

After seeing a spike in opioid related deaths in Alabama when kratom became illegal there, Lebron fears for what will happen to kratom users if it becomes illegal in the state.

But, the DEA says although they've received pleas from kratom users, it's a matter of time before it becomes illegal in Mississippi due to their findings that it causes significantly harmful risks to public health.

The DEA says it has not yet set a date as to when they will make kratom illegal in Mississippi. 

Copyright 2016 WLOX. All rights reserved. 

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Palmer Creek neighbors told to boil water due to chlorine leak

    Palmer Creek neighbors told to boil water due to chlorine leak

    Sunday, August 20 2017 11:29 AM EDT2017-08-20 15:29:15 GMT
    Cleanup crews return to East Wortham Road to make sure chlorine is no longer leaking from a damaged utility box (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Cleanup crews return to East Wortham Road to make sure chlorine is no longer leaking from a damaged utility box (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    The people who live near Palmer Creek and East Wortham Road in Harrison County are being told to boil water before using it. The warning comes after a deadly Saturday night crash that led to a chlorine cloud covering the area. Hazmat crews returned to Palmer Creek Sunday morning to make sure the utility system damaged in that crash is no longer leaking chlorine. Harrison County's sheriff says a stolen car crashed into the a utility box on E. Wortham Road right before 10:00 p.m.

    More >>

    The people who live near Palmer Creek and East Wortham Road in Harrison County are being told to boil water before using it. The warning comes after a deadly Saturday night crash that led to a chlorine cloud covering the area. Hazmat crews returned to Palmer Creek Sunday morning to make sure the utility system damaged in that crash is no longer leaking chlorine. Harrison County's sheriff says a stolen car crashed into the a utility box on E. Wortham Road right before 10:00 p.m.

    More >>
  • Friends will celebrate Tyler Cooke's life

    Friends will celebrate Tyler Cooke's life

    Sunday, August 20 2017 10:32 AM EDT2017-08-20 14:32:55 GMT
    This is the memorial created next to Highway 90 in Biloxi to remember 16-year-old Tyler Cooke (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)This is the memorial created next to Highway 90 in Biloxi to remember 16-year-old Tyler Cooke (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    He made people smile. He made them laugh. That’s what friends and family members of Tyler Cooke will remember Sunday at a celebration of life service. Sunday’s celebration of life service begins at 1:00. It culminates with a balloon release outside Riemann Family Funeral Home on Beauvoir Road in Biloxi. Funeral services are Monday.

    More >>

    He made people smile. He made them laugh. That’s what friends and family members of Tyler Cooke will remember Sunday at a celebration of life service. Sunday’s celebration of life service begins at 1:00. It culminates with a balloon release outside Riemann Family Funeral Home on Beauvoir Road in Biloxi. Funeral services are Monday.

    More >>
  • 2 dead after stolen car crashes into chlorine tank

    2 dead after stolen car crashes into chlorine tank

    Sunday, August 20 2017 9:53 AM EDT2017-08-20 13:53:37 GMT

    A neighborhood in Harrison County has been cleared by authorities after a car crashed into a utility station late Saturday, killing two people inside the vehicle.

    More >>

    A neighborhood in Harrison County has been cleared by authorities after a car crashed into a utility station late Saturday, killing two people inside the vehicle.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly