There's been a lot of talk in the addiction/recovery community lately about kratom, which comes from a tropical tree that's native to Southeast Asia. When it's smoked, chewed, or consumed via things like tea, kratom can have effects that are similar to opioids or stimulants. A lot of people say that kratom helps with opioid withdrawals. Others say it helps them with pain relief. But the effectiveness and safety of this drug is a source of a lot of debate. In fact, many kratom users report that they became highly addicted to it. Kratom is, at least for now, legal in the United States and can be purchased online and in places like gas stations, tobacco stores, and head shops. The problem with this is that people oftentimes think that because it's readily available, it must be safe. But that's not necessarily the case (remember when synthetic marijuana could be bought at just about any gas station?). The link below is to a blog post all about kratom. Whether you're already familiar with this new drug or not, check out the post. Then let us know your thoughts about kratom. Have you ever used it? Is it something you would consider using to help you overcome an opioid addiction? Do you think it should be legal? We want to know what you think. Here's the link to the blog post: What's the Deal with Kratom? We're looking forward to hearing what you think.