Days after the opioid substitute was identified to be the real cause of the recent Salmonella outbreak, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has officially opened its campaign against kratom by wiping the market clean of products that use it as an ingredient.
On Feb. 21, the agency announced the brand names that manufacturers have already voluntarily razed and recalled their kratom-based supplements. Included in the list are Botany Bay, Enhance Your Life, and Divinity by Divinity Products Distribution of Grain Valley in Missouri.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb pointed out that "extensive scientific data" has proven kratom to be addictive like other opioids and could, therefore, cause similar effects such as abuse, overdose, and death.
"We'll continue to affirm the risks associated with kratom, warn consumers against its use and take aggressive enforcement action against kratom-containing products," he announces in a statement.
All companies involved either in the sale or processing of such dangerous products are encouraged to observe the following measures and to submit evidence of their actions for evaluation.
For Patients Using Kratom To Treat Opioid Dependency And Other Conditions
Although it is yet to be proven as safe and effective for treatment of medical conditions, some patients continue to use kratom to address their opioid dependency.
According to Gottlieb, he is aware of this situation and recommends these individuals to seek professional health care for effective treatment of opioid addiction, and to shift to using appropriate medication approved by the FDA.
Any person currently in possession of kratom-containing products is advised to stop usage and to dispose of them immediately. In case a patient experiences some adverse effects, the event must be reported to the agency for further investigation.
More Information About Opioid Substitute Kratom
Also known as Mitragyna speciosa, kratom is actually a plant that grows across different parts of the world. It is primarily used for its stimulant effects, making it a potent substitute for opioids. Besides being processed into capsule form, it can also be chewed or smoked.
Kratom has been linked with published cases of psychosis, seizures and even deaths. Usage of this addictive ingredient is growing increasingly in the United States, posing a threat to public health, according to the CDC.
In light of the active Salmonella outbreak caused by kratom, both the FDA and CDC remain vigilant in monitoring the spread of the rare disease in 20 states. Any information obtained from this effort will be released to the public upon availability.