Kratom, an herbal product, has become a popular substance sold at a number of over-the-counter locations in Ohio and other states that have not outlawed it.
Republican lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would allow for the licensed production and sale of the drug. They say kratom is safe when it isn’t adulterated and that regulation will allow the state to better control the quality and safety of the substance.
Those lawmakers want kratom regulated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture as a supplement, not through the Ohio Board of Pharmacy as a drug.
But not everyone agrees with that legislation. Some addiction groups say not enough is known about kratom and that more study should be done before it is available legally.
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