FDA Warns Kratom Companies Not to Market Products as Opioid Addiction Treatment

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week warned two companies selling the herbal supplement kratom not to market their products as a treatment for opioid addiction, USA Today reports.

The FDA says the companies, Cali Botanicals and Kratom NC, illegally sold products containing kratom that claimed to treat or cure opioid addiction and withdrawal symptoms, as well as other health conditions the supplement has not been proven to treat.

“As we work to combat the opioid crisis, we cannot allow unscrupulous vendors to take advantage of consumers by selling products with unsubstantiated claims that they can treat opioid addiction or alleviate other medical conditions,” Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless said in a statement.

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    Margaret Baas

    October 17, 2019 at 8:17 AM

    I am a 63 year old woman and I take kratom for pain.

    I’ve had numerous surgeries. I had back surgery on my sacrum to my T 9, 16 hour surgery. I’ve had five hip surgeries and one knee surgery in 12 months¡. The latest surgery Sept. 23. I’ve had surgery on each foot.

    Each hip and knee surgeries I was sent home with prescriptions that were supposed to last three days. Its been 15.5 months since the first surgery.

    I was sent home from the first surgery with 5 mg norco and told to cut them in half. This doctor said he had never seen a patient in as much pain as I was in in his entire career. Surgery was because of aseptic necrosis caused by some many steroid injections for back pain. In the opinion of two surgeons the necrosis was caused by the steroid injections for five years.

    After taking norcos or Percocet s for one day after each surgery I switched to kratom. Kratom always works at least 98% or better than the pills they gave me a prescription for.

    Kratom needs some regulations but pain patients take kratom to help control their pain.

    I work a d am a grandmother to my special needs grandson. I would not be able to either without kratom.

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