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Swedish docs identify deadly legal drug

TT/The Local/pvs · 29 Dec 2010, 10:14

Published: 29 Dec 2010 10:14 GMT+01:00

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Krypton is sold widely over the internet and is marketed as a safe drug but the risk of overdosing is high, the physicians have observed.

"Krypton reminds me of other opiates such as morphine. It is not some sort of party drug," said Björn Bäckström, who works at the National Board of Forensic Medicine in Umeå, to the local Västerbottens Kuriren daily.

Bäckström, together with colleagues Gisela Classon, Peter Löwenheim and Gunilla Thelander, have penned an article published in the medical journal Läkartidningen warning of the risks of Krypton.

The National Board of Forensic Medicine receives intakes after deaths from across Sweden and one case involving Krypton led the physicians to consider the effects of the drug and found several more cases.

The Krypton-related deaths are spread across Sweden and involve both heavy addicts and occasional users, while they all concern people born in the 1970s and 1980s, the newspaper reported.

Krypton is derived from the south-east Asian plant kratom which has been traditionally used for potency and to improve mood. Aside from the leaves and extracts from kratom, Krypton has also been found to contain caffeine and the synthetic opioid O-Desmethyltramadol.

O-Desmethyltramadol is a breakdown of the product tramadol, which is prescribed in moderation to alleviate severe pain and when taken as Krypton is turned into tramadol in the liver and becomes more potent.

It is due to this high potency contained in the O-Desmethyltramadol that the risk of overdosing is considered high, leading to respiratory paralysis.

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The Swedish physicians expect the extract and opiate to turn up in other forms if they are not classified as narcotics.

"That is one of the purposes of the article - to bring attention to this drug so that it should be narcotics classified," Björn Bäckström told the newspaper.

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14:06 December 29, 2010 by mojofat
Nine people have died from overdosing on this drug...but we don't know out of how many are taking it. Further, what are the figures related to death from alcohol (including drunk driving and violence) and smoking cigarettes. Cigarettes were estimated to kill 5.4M people in 2004 and over 100M in the 20th century...but for some reason we see scare articles about something nobody's heard of. Makes sense.

And how many teethless/jawless swedes are we going to see in 10-15 years because of snus?
14:23 December 29, 2010 by kratom
Its perfectly understandable if krypton is taken of the market. The sellers and producers of this sh*t have been making fals claims for years, stating that it would have something to do with kratom, while in fact its just a cocktail of potentially dangerous analogue alkaloids and other synthesized substances, as correctly mentioned in the article. These chemical products are often produced in labs where you would not even let your dog sleep, let alone that these are well tested or even safe for humans. Negative side effects of Krypton are reported already for years on various forums as well, yet the producers and sellers are very active online to spin the bad news, even claiming that it is a 100% natural kratom product.

Besides the people suffering from the ill results or worse due to taking this krypton, it also gives a negative image to Kratom itself, a herb often used by people as a relief for chronic pain and other physical and emotional ailments.

Kratom as a herb is a perfectly safe product, when taken in moderate dosage and not to frequently, taken by thousands of people as a self medication. Thanks to the people marketing and producing products that mimicking kratom, this herb itself might eventually be blamed and banned due to all the negative media.
15:45 December 29, 2010 by landofthesheeple
Isn't Superman allergic to this stuff as well?

What's wrong with these crazy kids is that they have no idea that Pot is a much more healther and a natural herb...

Man, it gives off a really nice buzz too : )
17:08 December 29, 2010 by kratom
"Isn't Superman allergic to this stuff as well?" lol:p

Was just wondering if in Sweden 9 deaths are related to this, what else can we expect from other countries?

And besides that, can producers and resellers under Swedish law be held responsible for deliberately mislabeling and marketing products that are known to be dangerous to humans? Well I guess that is a bit rhetoric:)
18:00 December 29, 2010 by matale
How much did they take? Anything can kill in high enough dosage without numbers this story makes no sense.
20:31 December 29, 2010 by locaxy
Not this again! Everytime dumb kids ingest too much of a substance, the establishment gets up in arms about a ban.

Did we learn nothing from DHMO?

08:01 January 1, 2011 by wenddiver
If your friends aren't interesting and your music stinks without drugs..........Maybe you need new friends and music. LOL
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