“The findings identifying heavy metals in kratom only strengthen our public health warnings around this substance, and concern for the health and safety of Americans using it,” – FDA Commissioner Scott GottliebFDA knows the use of kratom include to treat pain and opioid addiction. However, they urge people to use FDA-approved medications such as buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. These approved drugs are addictive. Why treat addiction with another addicting substance? This sounds like a business model. In Alabama, there is a big opioid epidemic, more opioid prescriptions than people. This also means a lot of money for the “big pharma” and it makes sense for them to ban kratom in Alabama. I think the whole negative kratom shebang is suspicious and would not put my trust on FDA.
- In September 2014, U.S. Marshals, at the FDA’s request, seized more than 25,000 pounds of raw kratom material worth more than $5 million from Rosefield Management Inc. in Van Nuys, CA.
- In January 2016, U.S. Marshals, at the FDA’s request, seized nearly 90,000 bottles of dietary supplements labeled as containing kratom and worth more than $400,000. The product, manufactured for and held by Dordoniz Natural Products LLC, located in South Beloit, IL, is marketed under the brand name RelaKzpro.
- In August 2016, U.S. Marshals, at the FDA’s request, seized more than 100 cases of products labeled as containing kratom and worth more than $150,000. The products are distributed by Nature Therapeutics LLC, which does business as Kratom Therapy and is located in Grover Beach, CA. The seized products are marketed under the brand name Kratom Therapy.