Kratom started showing up on the radar of the Pennsylvania DUI Association within the past several months.
Made from the leaf of a tree grown in Southeast Asia, it's often used as a powerful sedative or a way to help wean addicts off of more powerful drugs.
“The kratom acts on the body just like the opiates do," George Geisler with the PA DUI Association said. "
While it's banned in Thailand, it's perfectly legal to buy kratom in the US on the internet or in stores.
Even though it's a natural drug Geisler says taking them and getting behind the wheel is a whole different story. In fact, he says, the use of drug related DUI's has nearly doubled in the past six years, with just over 12-percent in 2006, to 22.6-percent last year.
"So while these so-called herbal things are legal to possess," Geisler added. "They are not legal for you to take and become impaired and drive."
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