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DEA Targets New Drug, Kratom, Schedule 1 Substance like Heroin
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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has added another drug to its controlled-substance list. This drug, which is growing acclaim for its various uses, is also still relatively unknown to most of the general public. Kratom, or Ketum, is a plant species Mitragyna speciosa which is most related to the coffee plant. Kratom has been promoted on many websites as a “safe and harm free” herbal supplement to treat aches and pain.   What does the DEA think?   Well, on September 30, 2016, the DEA will include kratom on its Schedule 1 Controlled Substance List. This classification will put kratom...

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New Drug Therapy Targeting Chronic Pain
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img source: adobeimages With millions of Americans suffering from chronic pain, new treatments and strategies to help lessen pain symptoms are of significant importance. Recently, a study at Northwestern University has combined two FDA-approved drugs, targeting the nucleus accumbens, a brain region responsible for emotions and addiction. One L-dopa drug used for Parkinson’s patients and one non-steroidal anti-inflammatory are administered together in rodents to eliminate chronic pain behavior. This combination raises dopamine levels to more effectively treat chronic pain, the number one cause of disability in the U.S. right now.     

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