Tuesday, June 18

FDA cracks down on kratom sellers, says it’s not a cure for addiction

The FDA this week again cracked down on marketers and sellers of products containing kratom, an herbal plant used recreationally and as medicine but is not legally marketed in the U.S. as a drug or dietary supplement.

The FDA issued warning letters to Cali Botanicals of Rancho Cordova, CA, and Kratom NC of Wilmington, NC , ”for illegally selling unapproved, misbranded kratom-containing products with unproven claims about their ability to treat or cure opioid addiction and withdrawal symptoms.”

The latest warnings are two of several the FDA has issued to alert consumers about what it says are the serious risks associated with the use of the products.

The herb is legal on the federal level, although the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is considering labeling it a Schedule I drug — a category that includes heroin, marijuana, LSD, and ecstasy.

Read more at WebMD.

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