• Addiction Treating Herb Supplement Kratom Found Unsafe

    Addiction Treating Herb Supplement Kratom Found Unsafe0

    William Eggleston, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Binghamton University, had been seeing more and more patients presenting with toxicity or withdrawal from kratom use. Kratom is an herbal supplement derived from a plant that grows throughout southeast Asia. It is well-reported that the active chemicals in the plant act on opioid receptors in the body. Patients report using the supplement to treat/prevent withdrawal, treat opioid use disorder, or treat pain.

    ‘Kratom is not reasonably safe and poses a public health threat due to its availability as an herbal supplement.’


    Eggleston was curious to see what types of toxicities were being reported to Poison Centers nationally in order to better assess whether or not kratom is safe enough to be used as an herbal supplement.… Continue reading.
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  • FDA issues warning letters to companies connected to kratom

    FDA issues warning letters to companies connected to kratom0

    June 26 (UPI) — The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it issued warning letters to two marketers and distributors for making unproven claims and selling unapproved products containing the drug kratom.

    The FDA said Cali Botanicals in Folsom, Calif., and Kratom NC in Wilmington, N.C., illegally sold and misbranded products containing kratom while saying without proof that it could cure things like opioid addiction and withdrawal symptoms.

    Kratom contains the alkaloid mitragynine, which can produce stimulant effects in low doses and some opioid-like effects at higher doses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has been marketed as a dietary or herbal supplement in the U.S.… Continue reading.

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  • FDA issues warnings to companies that claim an herbal drug can cure opioid addiction

    FDA issues warnings to companies that claim an herbal drug can cure opioid addiction0

    The Food and Drug Administration recently issued warnings to two businesses that are illegally marketing and making “unproven” claims that their products, which contain a drug called kratom, can treat or cure opioid addiction and withdrawal.

    Kratom, which is an herbal extract that naturally grows outside of the U.S., is not approved by the FDA. The drug acts as a stimulant at low doses, according to the Mayo Clinic, but can reduce pain and potentially cause euphoria when taken in higher quantities.

    Though some advocates say kratom can be used to quell the symptoms of opioid withdrawal and be used as an alternative to pain medications, the FDA says the drug affects the same brain receptors as morphine and can expose users to addiction and abuse.… Continue reading.

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  • FDA warns companies for illegally selling kratom-based products

    FDA warns companies for illegally selling kratom-based products0

    Ned Sharpless

    The FDA announced today that it issued warning letters to Cali Botanicals of Folsom, California, and Kratom NC of Wilmington, North Carolina, for “illegally selling unapproved, misbranded kratom-containing drug products with unproven claims about their ability to treat or cure opioid addiction and withdrawal symptoms.”

    The companies also make claims about treating anxiety, cancer, depression and pain, the FDA said.

    According to the release, the FDA letters request that Cali Kratom and Kratom NC respond within 15 working days with details of how they will address agency’s concerns. The warning letters also state that failure to correct violations may result in law enforcement action such as injunction or seizure.… Continue reading.

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  • Kratom touted as ‘cure all’ by users seeking alternative to opioids, despite DEA concerns

    Kratom touted as ‘cure all’ by users seeking alternative to opioids, despite DEA concerns0

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    Kratom is made from a ground leaf, so it has an earthy taste. This is how you can make it palatable. Nancy De Gennaro, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee

    For nearly 20 years, opioids ruled Anthony Padgett’s life, although his habit started as a doctor-prescribed relief from work-related chronic back pain. 

    “I was addicted physically but also mentally (to opioids). It was a downhill slope. … It’s highly addictive and highly abused,” said Padgett, who said he put his wife “through a whole lot” because of his addiction.

    Then last year he began using kratom, an increasingly popular herbal supplement he said helped him kick his addiction to pain pills.… Continue reading.

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  • Castle Rock bans underage sales of kratom, the controversial herbal extract

    Castle Rock bans underage sales of kratom, the controversial herbal extract0

    Mary Esch, Associated Press file

    Kratom, an herbal extract from southeast Asia, has fierce defenders who tout its medicinal benefits. Meanwhile, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is considering whether to ban it.

    Castle Rock this week banned the sale of the herbal supplement kratom, which has been at the center of controversy over its purported health effects, to anyone under the age of 18.

    The town council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that imposes a fine of $300 on anyone caught selling the substance to minors.

    The ban comes after Castle Rock late last year imposed a six-month moratorium on the licensing of any new kratom shops while new rules were established.… Continue reading.

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