• Chester County family sues herbal supplement distributor over death of son

    Chester County family sues herbal supplement distributor over death of son0

    WEST CHESTER — The family of a West Chester man who died last year from an overdose of kratom has filed a wrongful death suit against the firm that sold it to their son.

    It is the first wrongful death lawsuit of its kind filed in Pennsylvania.

    Caleb Sturgis, 25, died June 27, 2018, after he drank tea made with the herbal supplement kratom, according to a lawsuit filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas against SoCal Herbal Remedies of Big Bear, California.

    In August of last year, Chester County Coroner Dr. Christina VandePol attributed Sturgis’ death to mitragynine toxicity due to consumption of kratom, an herbal supplement marketed as a natural painkiller.… Continue reading.

    READ MORE
  • Kratom advocate says substance is saving lives

    Kratom advocate says substance is saving lives0

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Jack Smith says Kratom saved his life.

    “After I got to clean about three and a half years ago, a buddy of mine from Indonesia called me and said, “Jack you have to try this. I know how depressed you are,”” Smith described. “So he sent it to me, and I literally cried the first time I tried it. It was the first time I felt like the Jack I knew years ago before I started the pills.” 

    Kratom is already illegal in a handful of states and cities throughout the United States, and now, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy is recommending the same thing.… Continue reading.

    READ MORE
  • Kratom Rising: Calls To US Poison Control Centers Increase

    Kratom Rising: Calls To US Poison Control Centers Increase0

    The natural opioid kratom, the leaves of a tropical tree in Southeast Asia (Mitragyna speciosa) is a great analgesic because it’s an opioid.  It has become popular because supplements are exempt from government oversight unless companies are causing people to fall over, which has happened – they seized 90,000 bottles of it in 2016 and want to ban its importation due to concerns about safety. Lobbyists for kratom managed to prevent the ban so Kratom is instead listed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a “drug of concern” and it has not been approved for any medical use.… Continue reading.

    READ MORE