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American Kratom Association fires back after FDA issues public health advisory

The American Kratom Association (AKA) is firing back at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the agency issued a public health advisory about the use of kratom as a "natural" pain killer. PHOTO: MGN

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The American Kratom Association (AKA) is firing back at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the agency issued a public health advisory about the use of kratom as a "natural" pain killer.

Naturally grown in Southeast Asia, the plant has been touted by supporters like the AKA as a natural analgesic for pain, anxiety, fatigue, and depression.

But the FDA issued a warning on Tuesday stating kratom has been associated with 36 deaths and can cause seizures, liver damage, and withdrawal symptoms. Already banned in Tennessee and several other states where it is considered a controlled substance, the FDA says there is "no reliable evidence to support the use of kratom as a treatment for opioid use disorder."

On Wednesday, the AKA fired back at the warning, filing a Formal Dispute Resolution (FDR) petition with the FDA challenging the health advisory.

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The AKA says they want a correction of the information posted by the FDA, stating it contained "numerous unsubstantiated and inaccurate statements." The AKA says the claims of deaths associated with kratom, side effects , and other points have been refuted by an 8-factor analysis conducted by a leading expert on addiction and the affects on drugs.

In addition, the AKA says the FDA "for years" has "willfully published scientifically inaccurate information on the health effects of consuming kratom, directly influencing regulatory actions by the DEA, states, and various local government entities."

The AKA added claims supporting their petition and says bans in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, and Indiana are the "direct result of a long-standing anti-kratom misinformation campaign promulgated by the FDA."

For it's part, the FDA says it is willing to put a product containing kratom through it's standard testing for safety but no marketer has attempted to develop a drug containing the botanical herb.

View the full AKA Post Below or Click Here.


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