Tianeptine, An Extremely Dangerous And Addictive Synthetic Opioid, Is Becoming A Problem In States Where Kratom Is Banned
As discussed in a previous article on The Kratom Herald, banning Kratom causes a multitude of problems for both the government and the people, and regulating Kratom is a far better idea than banning it. One of the problems with banning Kratom is Kratom users who have had their supply cut off are likely to seek out drugs to deal with their underlying issues. In other words, as covered in numerous articles on this site, people often use Kratom to manage chronic pain, drug dependence, and mental health issues, and therefore if a person’s Kratom supply is cut off they are likely to seek out drugs to manage their issues.
Apparently, in states where Kratom is banned Tianeptine is becoming a serious issue. Because Tianeptine has opioid effects former Kratom users are seeking it out in states like Alabama where Kratom is banned, but Tianeptine is a truly sinister drug, and Tianeptine is ruining lives.
Tianeptine is first and foremost an antidepressant, and has pharmacodynamics similar to tricyclic antidepressants, including interacting with the Seretonin, Dopamine, Sigma, Histamine, and Norepinephrine receptors, and this is not even a full list of the receptors it effects.
Like other antidepressants, the effects of Tianeptine on the brain and body are extremely complex and not well understood, and Tianeptine can really screw people up both mentally and physically.
Unlike other antidepressants, Tianeptine is an atypical opioid agonist, and this is why it is being abused. Basically, Tianeptine has slight mu-opioid effects at its standard antidepressant dosage.
Users who are seeking to get an opioid high from Tianeptine take ridiculous amounts, and even if they take ridiculous amounts tolerance builds quickly and they have to take exponentially higher amounts to feel opioid effects.
One user reports “It got to a point where I was taking 7 pills at a time. 15 pills at a time. It would give you that euphoric feeling of opiates, just like heroin. And I became dependent on it… I got to a point where I was taking 20 to 60 to 120 pills per day.”
Although Tianeptine is quite different than other synthetic opioids since it has all these antidepressant effects, one major similarity with synthetic opioids is that it is extremely addictive, and has terrible physical withdrawals.
Even worse, it is extremely expensive, at a cost of $25 to $45 per 15 pills. The user mentioned above says “I have maxed out all of our credit cards. I had a car that was paid off, that I refinanced to pay off those credit cards. In turn, I maxed them out in a month.”
Ultimately, it seems Tianeptine destroys lives just as badly as Heroin, since it is incredibly addictive, has terrible withdrawals, leads to financial ruin, and rips apart families.
Further, at the megadoses required to get high off of Tianeptine, the ‘antidepressant’ effects absolutely overload the brain’s receptors, causing severe psychological damage. In this sense, Heroin is a lot safer than Tianeptine, which is really saying something about how evil Tianeptine is.
Thus, banning Kratom is not a solution, since people who need Kratom for underlying issues are likely to switch over to far more dangerous drugs like Tianeptine. Whereas Kratom saves lives, is relatively non-addictive, and mitigates underlying issues, Tianeptine outright destroys lives.
Therefore, the government needs to wake up and realize that banning Kratom is extremely bad for the people of this country, and that Kratom is a Godsend since it keeps people away from dangerous, deadly, and addictive drugs. Further, the State Kratom bans in the United States need to be overturned, since lives are being destroyed.