There’s a lot of media headlines going around regarding the recent CDC report tying kratom to overdose deaths. They’re blatant fearmongering and ignore the report’s actual findings. Why is kratom under attack by FDA?
You can tell that just by looking at every headline bound for kratom’s demise, without even going into the actual story. People, this is a sham and driven by big pharma and our obtrusive government.
First of all, you cannot overdose with kratom. Unless you out and out, bombard your system with kratom. After all, everyone has a limit to anything.
It is very telling that the FDA has had such a difficult time finding any evidence that kratom is deadly. It certainly isn’t for lack of effort. Last year they cited 44 deaths in nine years and of those deaths, almost all of them involved other potentially deadly and/or illicit drugs in the decedent’s systems.
As in this case, the CDC report also indicates that medical examiners and coroners are reporting ONLY that they have detected kratom in toxicology reports, and they often incorrectly report that kratom was involved in or the actual cause of death. Here’s the American Kratom Association’s response to the craziness.
Some other things to consider, if kratom is so dangerous and has no benefits then why did Thailand just recently legalized it for medical use? Or why would the states of Utah and Georgia recently pass kratom consumer protection acts which enact protections for kratom consumers from adulterated and misbranded kratom products?
It is very telling that the FDA has had such a difficult time finding any evidence that kratom is deadly. It certainly isn’t for lack of effort. Last year they cited 44 deaths in nine years and of those deaths almost all of them involved other potentially deadly and / or illicit drugs in the decedent’s systems. There was even a suicide and a man who was shot in the chest included.
Also noteworthy is the fact that the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently awarded researchers (including Chris McCurdy) at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy a two-year, $3.5 million grant to bolster research on kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) and its potential to treat opioid abuse and physical dependence. This was after they performed a comprehensive review of already available scientific studies and information and they concluded “kratom use does not cause overdose deaths. Closer investigations revealed no fatalities documented that could be singularly linked to use of the natural unadulterated kratom plant.
There are around 450 acetaminophen deaths every year in America yet nobody is talking about banning Tylenol. And what about alcohol? Here’s a substance that has no medical value, can and often is dangerously addictive, and is responsible for 88,000 deaths in America annually. There are 480,000 people that die every year because of smoking, and even 41,000 people of second-hand smoke!
Kratom is known for having an enormous impact on people’s lives for the positives. But yet dwell on 44 deaths in nine years, that kratom had only a passing effect on and I would venture to say all of them had other reasons.
It’s no question kratom is under attack by FDA, with big pharma pounding its chest in the background. We as kratom users must stay strong and fight the good fight whenever we are approached. Education is the key to keeping this wonderful plant legal.