Kratom the Kryptonite for regular users
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - It's a leaf that comes from southeast Asia and is said to be a natural painkiller and a remedy for fever, fatigue, diarrhea and even an anti-depressant. While the herb is legal it is not approved by the FDA for medical purposes. Kratom usually comes as a capsule but it can be found in many different ways, such as a tea, a leaf, a spray, a powder. You can eat it, you can drink it, smoke it, or snort it.
"Kratom is highly addictive. A lot of times people just think if it's an herbal drug or a synthetic that it's not addictive and that's the furthest thing from the truth," says Boise police officer Jermaine Galloway.
Store employees say that its popular again because more people are learning about it and at the same time supply is high. Many Boise gas stations have Kratom right on the front counter.
Store employees say that their regular customers live by the herb and come back for it routinely.