Monday, January 18

Checkup Denver: LGBTQ health care barriers, kratom ban for minors and more Colorado health news

Castle Rock, which imposed a six-month moratorium on the licensing of new kratom shops while rules were created, has now banned the sale of the herbal supplement to minors. Under the ordinance, which was approved last week, anyone who sells kratom to a minor will face a fine of $300.

Kratom is seen by some as a safe, natural alternative to opioid medications. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises against the use of the substance, citing “properties that expose users to the risks of addiction, abuse and dependence.”

Read more at the Denver Post.