Is Kratom considered an opioid?
Ok, I have a friend who is in major pain, constantly. I introduced her to kratom, it's been a godsend to her for the past few months while she has been taking it. Plus I make Kratom salve along with other salves that she buys from me and uses every day. It gives her in her words "amazing relief". So everything is as good for her as can be, she's relatively pain free for the first time in over 15 years. She's up and moving around. She can work in her garden. She can do yard work. She is ecstatic.
So what's the problem you ask? Doctors, big pharma, our government.... oh, sorry, I digress.
The problem is, she had an appointment with her pain management doctor. She had been forgetting to tell this guy that she had added kratom to her over the counter meds she takes. She forgot again, but called as soon as she got home to inform him of this. She received a message from his office a couple of hours later telling her that she could not take the kratom orally or in salve form. That it is an opioid and a controlled substance. That if she continued to take it she would be dropped from his patient list.
Now, I've done a lot of reading about kratom, but obviously not enough. Because I have never read anywhere that it is considered an opioid and the only places it is considered a controlled substance was in the states where it is banned.
Is it an opioid?
Does it show up on a drug panel as an opioid?
This inquiring mind would really like to know. So thanks for your help in answering this....