FDA calls kratom an ‘opioid’ and warns against using the supplement

Kratom capsules "The Food and Drug Administration launched the latest attack in a drawn-out war between regulators and patients over the safety of a popular herbal supplement called kratom, branding the plant a dangerous drug. “Compounds in kratom make it so it isn’t just a plant — it’s an opioid,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb declared in a statement. Some users have argued that kratom is a safe way to treat pain and wean oneself off opioids, but the agency concluded otherwise — based on case reports and a computer analysis of the molecular structure of kratom ingredients. “Kratom should not be used to treat medical conditions, nor should it be used as an alternative to prescription opioi

What Parents Should Know About Kids Using CBD

"THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the most well-known component of marijuana, and it is the one that “gets you high,” so to speak. But have you heard of CBD? Many parents haven’t, or even if they have, they aren’t sure what to make of it or even understand if their son or daughter is using CBD. What’s certain is that it’s becoming more and more widely available, and like vaping, is often marketed to young people. Below is an overview of CBD, the numerous forms it’s sold in, its efficacy in treating various problems and current knowledge about its relative safety. What is CBD? CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is the largest non-psychoactive component of marijuana, and interest in its effects is growi

Talk Early, Talk Often

Do you recall seeing elements of the “Talk Early, Talk Often” campaign over the last couple of years? This campaign is organized by the SUP Coalition in an effort to help educate and empower parents and caregivers to have ongoing conversations with the young people in your lives around drugs and alcohol. Although the coalition wants adults to have conversations on all drugs, they are specifically working to create awareness of issues surrounding youth marijuana use and its adverse effects. Here are some key messages and talking points we have for parents/caregivers: Marijuana is not a harmless drug for teens. The teen brain is still developing, and marijuana may cause abnormal brain d

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