By Triumph Kratom | October 22, 2019
Kratom, or mitragyna speciose, has become a fixture in the realm of traditional medicine. The herbal supplement is derived from the leaves of the tree, and can be found in Southeast Asia with Thailand as one predominant source. People there used it as a way to relieve pain either in oral form or topically, with Western medical journals first recording its usage in the middle of the 19th Century.
From that point, kratom remained a steady part of the culture with some turbulence due to it being placed under classifications that deemed it a narcotic. But this classification didn’t stop its usage, growth or its influence. The Internet helped spread information about kratom online, and there were those in the United States who were intrigued about its analgesic properties.
Some began to use it, and in the process the federal government took notice of incidents where people sustained a high level of toxicity or adverse effects while using kratom dating from 2010. This compelled the Drug Enforcement Agency to try to enact a ban on kratom but they delayed the action in response to opposition from patient advocates and members of Congress across the United States. Instead the DEA found opting to let states dictate their own course of action in terms of legislation and regulation of kratom was the best way forward.
The state of Indiana, like many others across the nation, encountered kratom through word-of-mouth spread among those who were seeking an alternative remedy to certain ailments that they were suffering. One major affliction that kratom was reputed to help people with was relieving an addiction to opioids, a situation which ran rampant across the country and struck Indiana particularly hard.
A study in 2017 found that only nine other states had a higher prescription rate of opioids than Indiana. Those who turned to kratom found claimed that it also helped to alleviate anxiety and chronic pain as well. The natural product became available through a few places such as convenience stores, but some individuals found it easier to obtain kratom by going to other states such as Ohio and Kentucky.
Eventually, Indiana state officials began to share the concerns of the DEA, especially as that agency went on record to report of deaths that they felt were related to kratom usage. This data, combined with findings from medical research conducted on a federal and state level did little to clarifiy the situation, and actually added to the complexity of the situation.
Indiana became one of six states in the country to ban kratom outright, and one that did it early. The state legislature made the decision to do so in 2014, making modifications to the controlled substance law there with Senate Bill 305. Initially looking to declare two elements of kratom (mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine) as synthetic substances, the decision was made to make kratom a Schedule I controlled substance in line with what the DEA would seek to declare on a federal level two years later.
This law makes purchasing and possessing kratom illegal in Indiana, even if an individual went to another state to do.
For more information on kratom laws across the country, check out our Kratom Legality Map.
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