With the DEA scare still in the back of many people’s minds, the FDA has released a statement putting kratom in a negative light.
The announcement was released November 14, 2017. You can view it here.
The federal authority is warning about reports of addiction, injury and even death from kratom.
They claim it’s their obligation “to act when we see people being harmed by unapproved products”.
Many kratom users have touted it as a potential way to wean off of opiates and to end their addiction.
Instead the FDA says that kratom carries similar risks including addiction and death and that they’re working to block shipments of the plant.
The statement mentions 36 deaths it claims involve products made with kratom but fails to mention that in nearly every case the person was on an excessive amount of other substances.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is says “The FDA must use its authority to protect the public from addictive substances like kratom, both as part of our commitment to stemming the opioid epidemic and preventing another from taking hold” in the statement.
What does this mean for the future of kratom?
We’re not completely sure…