The Study of Patterns of Kratom Abuses and Manner of Death in Thai Cadavers from Institute of Forensic Medicine (IFM) in Thailand

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Phatraporn Chodchoy
Theerin Sinchai

Abstract

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa Korth) is a highly addictive plant indigenous to Thailand. Kratom is still categorized as a Penal Drug under Category-5 of the Narcotics Act 2522 (1979), thus its usage is still illegal. Kratom, on the other hand, has been smuggled and utilized by laborers or farmers to boost output by chewing fresh, smoking, or making an extract. Recently, a popular new recreational Kratom cocktail known as ‘4x100' has gained popularity and comes in a variety of formulations. As a result, a retrospective study of the patterns of Kratom misuse and manner of death in Thai cadavers was conducted. Data from Thai cadavers' autopsies and toxicology reports were collected and examined during a three-year period at IFM. The discovery of Kratom usage in 0.94% of Thai cadavers (90 cases). The study discovered 34 different addictive patterns, with just one pattern (24.4%) being used as a typical doping agent to enhance work efficiency, and the rest 33 patterns (75.6%) suggesting that they were used as recreational drugs. This group finding narcotic (i.e. Methamphetamine, Cannabis and Ketamine) and/or medicine (i.e. Diphenhydramine, Chlorpheniramine, Promethazine, Hydroxyzine, Cetirizine, Clonazepam, Diazepam, Midazolam, Alprazolam, Methadone, Codeine and Dextromethorphan) mixed in Kratom cocktail or consume together. As a result of the many Kratom abuse patterns, the legislation controlling "Kratom consumption" must be meticulously and firmly created, and those involved in public health-therapy must appropriately address the changing trend of Kratom abuse.

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Chodchoy, P., & Sinchai, T. (2021). The Study of Patterns of Kratom Abuses and Manner of Death in Thai Cadavers from Institute of Forensic Medicine (IFM) in Thailand. Journal of Criminology and Forensic Science, 7(1), 151-162. Retrieved from https://so02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/forensic/article/view/245736
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