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Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) and Its Implications for the Opioid Epidemic

About the Course

“Kratom” is a term used to describe a herbal substance that has opioid and stimulant-like effects. Kratom and kratom-based products are currently legal and available in many areas, throughout the United States. Kratom is understudied, and given the scarcity of controlled human studies, this present study focuses on kratom usage, user motivations, and outcomes after kratom exposure.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa): User Demographics, Use Patterns, and Implications for the Opioid Epidemic created by Albert Garcia-Romeu, Ph.D. and David J. Cox, Ph.D. in 2020.

Publication Date:

Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 March 01; 208: 107849 Mar 2020

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Albert Garcia-Romeu, Ph.D.

Albert Garcia-Romeu, Ph.D. is a member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty and a Guest Researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Neuroimaging Research Branch. His current research interests include clinical applications of psychedelics, mindfulness, and altered states of consciousness, as well as the neurobiological and psychological mechanisms that underpin these effects.

David J. Cox, Ph.D.

David J. Cox, Ph.D. has fourteen years of experience in the behavioral health and data science industries. He is a licensed doctorate-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Cox holds a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from the University of Florida and has completed post-doctorates in behavioral pharmacology and behavioral economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His current research interests include human laboratory studies on choice, preference, and decision making, as well as mathematical and computational models of respondent and operant behavior.

Course Creator

Danny Wamsley, LCASA

Danny Wamsley is a licensed addiction specialist with a clinical certification with the National Association of Dual Diagnosis (NADD). Danny currently works in manage care as a DSS liaison. His primary goal is to provide consultation to social workers who are involved with child-protective services and In-Home Services. Danny also has 10+ years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with intellectual disability and substance use. Danny’s professional interests include addictions/recovery, intellectual disability, foster care, military, trauma, and domestic violence.

Recommended For:

Addiction professionals, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for beginners.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify user demographics for Kratom.
  2. Identify usage patterns for Kratom.
  3. Describe user motivations and outcomes following kratom exposure.

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103218
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