• Kratom Is Tied to More US Deaths

    Kratom Is Tied to More US Deaths0

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say overdose deaths involving the herbal supplement kratom are more common than previously reported.

    A government report released Thursday said kratom was a cause in 91 overdose deaths in 27 states. Officials previously said they knew of 44 nationally.

    Most who died had also taken heroin, fentanyl or other drugs. But kratom was the only substance detected in seven of the deaths.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the numbers after combing through death certificates and toxicology reports from an 18-month period.

    Kratom comes from a plant native to Southeast Asia. It is sold in capsules and powders with claims that it helps ease pain, anxiety and drug dependence.… Continue reading.

  • 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.

  • 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.