- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois lawmaker is trying to outlaw Kratom (KRAT’-um) in Illinois.

WAND-TV reports Friday (https://bit.ly/NdIANz ) that Republican Rep. Dennis Reboletti of Elmhurst says the substance can be addictive and dangerous.

Kratom comes from a leaf in Thailand. Officials say in highly concentrated pill or powder form it is similar to opium.

WAND reports it is easy to purchase online or in smoke shops.

Reboletti says Kratom addictions could lead users to other drugs such as heroin and prescription pain killers.

The substance is not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Indiana is the only state that has outlawed Kratom and has done it indirectly through a ban on synthetic drugs.

A committee hearing is scheduled next week.

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The bill is HB5526.

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Online: https://www.ilga.gov

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Information from: WAND-TV, https://www.wandtv.com

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