Pain News Network articles from August

This is an email I received as an update from  Pain News Network with links to several articles:

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is planning to classify two chemicals in kratom as controlled substances, a move that will effectively prohibit sales of the popular herbal supplement. A growing number of people are using kratom for pain relief.

Researchers say Neurontin (gabapentin) — a drug widely used to treat neuropathy — is being abused by a surprising number of patients.

The U.S. Surgeon General has sent a letter to over two million doctors urging them to prescribe opioids safely and to take a pledge to “turn the tide” against drug abuse. Critics say the letter may only makes things worse for pain sufferers.  

The United States is being inundated with counterfeit and very dangerous prescription drugs laced with fentanyl. One of the victims may have been the late pop star Prince. Sources say several fake pills were found in Prince’s home.

An Ohio woman suffered for decades from Ehler-Danlos syndrome without ever knowing why she was in so much pain. Now her husband and daughter are leading a campaign to help educate patients and doctors about EDS.

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2 thoughts on “Pain News Network articles from August

  1. Laura P. Schulman, MD, MA

    Kratom contains mu receptor agonists. It’s a very complex plant with hundreds of alkaloids. Many narcotics addicts are using Kratom to detox from opioids. Although it can be habit forming itself, it doesn’t seem to have the addictive potential of opioids, partially because at higher doses it is a powerful emetic (causes vomiting), so it has an automatic deterrent to increasing dosage. It has analgesic effects, and is a mild stimulant that is said to also be relaxing.

    Unfortunately, there have been cases of Kratom being adulterated with poisonous plants. I suspect the handful of cases of deaths attributed to Kratom are due to adulteration and to combining Kratom with other drugs, specifically pharmaceuticals, in an ill-advised effort to “get high.”

    I suspect the federales of wanting to squash Kratom in time to roll out the next generation of pharmaceutical pain medications, which will be costly due to their designer nature. They certainly don’t want an easily obtained herb to eat into their profits!

    Pathetically, I did buy some Kratom once, as I thought it might be a good way to treat my pain. But I am terrified of vomiting, for some reason, and ended up throwing it out! I recently discovered that there are kava bars that serve a concoction made from kava and Kratom combined, which is said to produce a pleasant feeling. I have not tried it. Next I suppose they’ll be going after kava, because it might help someone…

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