Beauregard Parish, La - According to the agenda for Monday’s Beauregard Parish Police Jury Meeting, the Ways and Means committee will be discussing an ordinance to ban the sale of Kratom.
Kratom is an herbal supplement derived from an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia. It can be bought over the counter at most gas stations and smoke shops and contains two psychoactive compounds, and some say the effects are comparable to opioids. Rapides Parish banned the sale of kratom in early October.
Users say it can help with everything from sore muscles to headaches and insomnia, though the FDA says there is no proven medicinal use for it.
Kratom is listed as a drug and chemical of concern by the DEA, but it remains unregulated by the federal government. The DEA also says the effects of kratom are addictive and can lead to deadly overdoses.