The popular herbal beverage kratom offers pain relief and mood enhancement, similar to prescription painkillers. Advocates say the substance, which presents little to no overdose risk, could help reduce the nation’s reliance on highly addictive and often deadly prescription painkillers. Some addiction experts argue the plant could be used as an alternative to methadone, buprenorphine and Vivitrol in medication-assisted therapy for opioid addiction. With growing concerns about the dangers of prescription painkillers, an estimated 3 million to 5 . . .
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