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Oxford becomes latest Mississippi government to ban kratom

In this Sept. 27, 2017 photo, kratom capsules are displayed in Albany, N.Y. U.S. health authorities say kratom, a herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy, contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national drug abuse crisis. The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, makes it more likely that kratom could be banned by the federal government.
In this Sept. 27, 2017 photo, kratom capsules are displayed in Albany, N.Y. U.S. health authorities say kratom, a herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy, contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national drug abuse crisis. The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, makes it more likely that kratom could be banned by the federal government. AP

Another north Mississippi government is banning the sale of kratom, a legal but unregulated herbal product.

The Oxford Eagle reports the city banned sale of synthetic kratom products immediately beginning Aug. 6.

Thirty or more Mississippi cities and counties have criminalized possession of kratom, although a bill to ban it statewide failed earlier this year in the Legislature.

Interim Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutcheon proposed the ban in May, telling aldermen police responded to a death in April in which kratom was a contributing factor.

Kratom is produced from the leaves of a tropical tree and consumed as a powder, liquid or capsules.

Supporters of kratom say it provides safe pain relief and can combat anxiety disorders. Some kratom users also say it manages the withdrawal symptoms of opioids.

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