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Illegal drugs including crack cocaine and black-tar heroin, plus opioid painkillers and Suboxone — prescribed to help heroin addicts kick the habit — are routinely available in central Ohio, a state report shows.

However, access to illegal “bath salts” and synthetic marijuana is down because of new state laws, the latest Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network report says.

Also noted was the introduction of “kratom,” a drug relatively new to Ohio. Native to Thailand, kratom is a plant related to the coffee family which produces psychoactive effects similar to morphine and strong painkillers. While not illegal in the U.S., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lists it as a “drug of concern.”

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Source: The Columbus Dispatch

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