Lee County supervisors discuss possible kratom ban

May 20, 2019

Posted: May 20, 2019 6:28 PM
Updated: May 21, 2019 9:55 AM

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narcotics agent meets with lee county leaders to push for a ban on the over-the-counter supplement... kratom... good afternoon i.m craig ford and i'm emily leonard... bans on the herbal product kratom are spreading in mississippi.. and today supporters of that movement made their pitch before the lee county board of supervisors.. wtva's amanda haley is live at the lee county courthouse with more on today's public hearing... amanda bad live decisions ." sot-eddie hawkins- mississippi deparment of narcotics "13 times more powerful than morphine so kids have access to morphine simply by buying this in a convenience store." eddie hawkins is a lieutenant with the mississippi deparment of narcotics. according to hawkins, kratom has similar effects as opioids and stimulants. he says last year in 2018, there were 11 deaths in mississippi related to kratom. sot- -eddie hawkins- mississippi deparment of narcotics - trt:9- oc: desired affect "the users that are using this product build up a tolerance really fast and now they have to have more of that product to get that desired affect." according to hawkins, kratom is most often in the form of a powder and users can take it as a pill, capsule, or extract such as an energy shot or tea. sot- -eddie hawkins- mississippi deparment of narcotics - trt:12 oc: support their habit "they're using all they're money, once they run out of money now they turn to criminal elements of property theft, burglary, and things of that matter just to support their habit." ((bridge)) at the meeting this morning there were people against the herbal substance. there were also people with opposite opinions who think that kratom is not all that dangerous. according to vicky rose, chair of a libertarian affiliate in clay county, there are several benefits of using kratom. she says kratom can be used for anxiety, depression and pain relief. sot-vicky rose-clay county- trt : 13 oc: bad decisions for themselves "dont punish the 95% who don't have addiciton problems who are being helped by the product. don't punish the majority for the few that are making bad life decisions for themselves." rose says she hopes the board can understand kratom can be helpful if it is used responsibly. im reporting live in lee county, amanda haley wtva 9 news bullying is a
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