Demographic and behavioral factors associated with kratom use among U.S. college students

J Am Coll Health. 2022 Aug 23;1-5. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2022.2112584. Online ahead of print.


Objective: Kratom use represents a growing risk for public health. The present study examined demographic and behavioral factors linked with kratom use. Participants: Participants were college students in the United States who participated in the 2019-2020 Healthy Minds Study. Methods: Participants completed survey-based assessment of kratom use and related demographic, behavioral, and mental health variables. Results: Kratom use was linked with being White, male or transgender/gender nonconforming, identifying as a sexual minority, use of alcohol or marijuana, and depressive symptoms. Kratom use was not uniquely linked to exercise or anxiety. Conclusions: The results of the present study can be used to inform initial targeting of efforts to reduce kratom use among college students.

Keywords: College students; kratom; substance use.