The New Report on Kratom Overdoses Sounds Scary, But Highly Misleading

Almost all of those who tested positive for kratom also tested positive for other substances.

The herbal supplement kratom has grown in popularity over the past few years, thanks in part to testimonials from people who say it has helped them quit opioids and manage chronic pain. But that popularity has brought negative attention from FDA and DEA.

For example, in 2016, the DEA actually considered banning kratom, only to back down under public pressure. The FDA later targeted kratom distributors and released scientifically dubious reports linking kratom to overdose deaths.

It’s obvious that both agencies are either a) getting wrong information or, disinformation or b) are getting pressured by big pharma to push hard on making it illegal by expressing its power over We the People.

Here’s a prime example of DEA and/or FDA flexing its muscles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its own report“to assess the impact of kratom.” The CDC drew on data from 27 states from July 2016 to December 2017—a collection of 27,338 drug-overdose deaths. Of those, 152 were positive for kratom on postmortem toxicology reports.


  • 152 who tested positive for kratom also tested positive for other substances
  • 91 of them (59.9 percent) had kratom listed as a cause of death
  • Only seven of the 152 tested positive only for kratom, though that doesn’t rule out other unidentified substances.

“The fact that fentanyl was showing up in so many of these cases suggests to me that people are using street opioids in conjunction with kratom,” Prozialeck says.

It’s quite obvious the game that kratom enthusiasts are caught in. Bottom line is both agencies mentioned in this article will probably not stop until it gets what it wants, illegal status. We the People must continue the fight. American Kratom Association (AKA) have done a fabulous job of spreading the word of this wonderful plant. Please show your appreciation by supporting the kratom community!

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