Kratom overdoses have been deadly, in 2016-2017 alone there were 152 overdoses nationwide containing kratom and kratom overdose was the main cause of death for 59% of these fatal overdoses. 1 Kratom recalls have also made national news, with the drug’s lax regulations resulting in salmonella contamination.
Despite the known dangers of kratom, kratom abuse still happens, and some people are even struggling with kratom addiction. Yes, kratom can be addictive. The drug works similarly to opioids and stimulants, interacting with opioid receptors in the brain to decrease pain, increase pleasure, and give an all-around sedative effect.2 Kratom abuse can pave the way for kratom addiction, and this loosely regulated supplement can lead to overdose.
You can overdose on kratom, but the symptoms of kratom overdose may not be as obvious as other drug overdose symptoms or symptoms of alcohol overdose. Kratom acts as both a stimulant and sedative in the brain, meaning it can have a slew of overdose symptoms and many of these symptoms can be difficult to spot. 3
Kratom overdose symptoms include:
Treating a kratom overdose quickly can help prevent overdose symptoms from worsening and growing deadlier. The first thing to do if someone is overdosing on kratom is to call 911. You may be hesitant to call the paramedics, but kratom is a highly unpredictable drug with overdose symptoms that can progress to seizures and other deadly situations, so quick medical intervention is key.
While waiting for help to arrive, be sure to remove any other kratom nearby so the overdosing person isn’t tempted to take more. Do not throw away the kratom, as it may be important for paramedics to see the type of drug they were taking. If the person experiencing a kratom overdose is having seizures, you can move items out of their way so they do not knock into anything.
Kratom addiction and dependence are being studied more and more as this drug’s deadly properties are coming to light. At Banyan Treatment Centers Heartland, we offer drug addiction treatment around Bloomington.