The Food and Drug Administration is now cracking down on three marketers and distributors who are producing the herbal drug Kratom. Kratom is the supplement with psychoactive and pain-relieving qualities which has been linked to the recent Salmonella outbreak.
According to the FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, he said, “Despite our warnings that no kratom product is safe, we continue to find companies selling kratom and doing so with deceptive medical claims for which there’s no reliable scientific proof to support their use.”
Kratom is derived from plants which are native to Southeast Asia. They are sold as pills, tea or powder in the US. As per advocates, they say that it helps in curbing the symptoms of the opioid withdrawal and it has led people to take Kratom in the recent years. As it is a classified supplement and it is not developed as a drug, it is not subject to federal regulation. This means that the tainted Kratom pills and powders can easily get into the store shelves.
The recent FDA crackdown shows that the there is growing divide between advocates and regulatory agencies which use Kratom. The name of the companies which produce Kratom is Front Range Kratom of Aurora, Colorado, Kratom Spot of Irvine, California and Revibe Inc. of Kansas City, Missouri. Kratom affects the brain receptors as morphine, and it shows the addictive properties among the people, as said by FDA.
In the month of the February, the FDA has asked the manufactures that they should take Kratom off the store shelves as the scientific research data shows that it has addictive effects which are similar to opioids. But, according to some experts, they counter this statement by saying this is safe and it does not contribute the opioid addiction.
Last month, the FDA issued the first-ever mandatory recall of Kratom products which are produced by Las Vegas-based Triangle Pharmanaturals and are found to be contaminated with Salmonella. A total 132 people are got sick due to this which is across 38 states, and it causes diarrhea and pain in abdominal. A group of about 44 scientists who have research on this has warned Trump Administration in February that banning Kratom will result in more opioid deaths. The Federal data shows that more than 42,000 people have died in the year 2016 due to opioid overdose.