Substance Abuse

FDA Issues Warning on Increasing Deliveries of Kratom in the U.S.

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The growing problem of kratom is bound to escalate, as the FDA recently reported a surge in the number of shipments in the U.S. carrying the substance.

Kratom is usually shipped in the form of dried leaves, capsules, processed leaves, powdered leaves and in liquid form from leaf extracts. The influx of shipments of this substance in the U.S. may have resulted from several websites that are now openly selling kratom. As a result, a lot of people are confused if kratom is safe to use.

The emergence of dietary supplements that contain kratom has become an alarming issue because of the numerous reported adverse effects once ingested. Those who regularly ingest Kratom may experience any of the following:

  • Agitation
  • Nervousness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Respiratory depression
  • Delusions
  • Tremors
  • Hallucination
  • Nausea
  • Skin pigmentation

Some dietary supplements and bulk dietary supplements were found to contain this opiod-like substance, prompting FDA to come up with a Red List of companies and products that ship kratom.

Proper documentation is requested for detained products that appear to be similar to the dietary supplements but are not yet on the currently listed list. These will fall under the “Center Review Detention” cases.  After the screening process finds the suspected products worthy to be included in the list, it can now be added to the Red List based on the center’s evaluation. All results are submitted to the concerned district’s Compliance Branch.

The public is warned against purchasing dietary supplements that may contain Kratom or Kratom-like substances as there may be misbranding of these products to mislead the consumers. It is advised that any suspicion should be reported immediately.

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