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The FDA says the incidents “underscore the serious and sometimes deadly risks” of kratom, but the list contains a number of events in which kratom played an uncertain role, including a case in which a teenager hanged himself, and another in which a drug overdose victim tested positive for nine different substances.
At the time, the FDA said it was aware of 36 deaths involving kratom, which it held up as evidence of the gravest of the drug’s potential harms. The FDA has found eight additional cases since then, Gottlieb said Tuesday, bringing the total number of kratom-associated deaths to 44.
Supporters regularly tout it as a natural treatment for conditions like chronic pain, anxiety and depression. Others claim it’s a safer alternative to traditional opioids, both legal and illegal, which has also contributed to kratom’s increasing popularity as a step-down treatment off of painkillers or heroin.
Almost all of the FDA’s cases involve subjects who were found to be on multiple substances at the time of their death, with the vast majority including either illicit or prescription drugs that carry well-known fatal risks.
One incident describes a teenager who had hanged himself after struggling with depression and prescription drug abuse. He tested positive for a variety of drugs, including kratom, as well as alcohol and a handful of prescription drugs.
FDA’s list of kratom-related deaths also includes a 43-year-old man determined to have died from complications due to deep vein thrombosis. He had a long list of medical problems, including chronic back and shoulder pain and a history of alcohol and prescription drug abuse. At the time of his death, he’d recently been prescribed five different medicines. His toxicology test came back positive for opioids, benzodiazepines ― best known as Xanax ― anti-depressants and a medication apparently used to treat his Tourette’s syndrome. He also tested positive for kratom.
originally posted by: skunkape23
We can't have Nature cutting into the profits of the pharmaceutical companies.
It just ain't American.
originally posted by: airowineSailorcat
its not really effective. its not in anyway strong and gets boring very quickly. i just dont understand why this should be seen as a toxic problem. absolut redicilous. i cannot imagine how this could help you to get off from the hardstuff but... its an very light alternative downa and doesnt make addicted in anyway like downer do. its absolute insane. my take is ITS JUST ABOUT #ING WITH THE PEOPLE AND PROTECTING THE PHARMA
originally posted by: sine.nomine
a reply to: TinySickTears
Kratom is a godsend to opiate addicts. It is a simple tea leaf that significantly reduces withdrawal symptoms. So of course the FDA wants it illegal. They're probably making a killing (no pun intended) off all that lobbying money from opiate manufacturers, whether it be producers of painkillers or withdrawal medication which is just as addictive as the painkillers.
Kratom got me off painkillers years ago. Low dose, no side affects. Since I've been clean I've lost half a dozen friends to overdoses. Many of them had Suboxone prescriptions, too.
TL;DR: F the FDA