Pattern and consequences of krathom (Mitragyna speciosa Korth.) use among male villagers in southern Thailand: a qualitative study.

@article{Saingam2013PatternAC,
  title={Pattern and consequences of krathom (Mitragyna speciosa Korth.) use among male villagers in southern Thailand: a qualitative study.},
  author={Darika Saingam and Sawitri Assanangkornchai and Alan Geater and Quantar Balthip},
  journal={The International journal on drug policy},
  year={2013},
  volume={24 4},
  pages={351-8}
}
BACKGROUND Krathom is currently the most popular illicit substance in use in southern Thailand. Research regarding its effects and health impacts is scarce. This study explored the pattern of krathom use and users' perceptions of the consequences of its use. METHODS An in-depth qualitative interview. A group of 34 self-identified regular users, occasional users, non-users and ex-users of krathom was used in this study. Health volunteer as a key-contact person helped the researcher to invite… CONTINUE READING

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