FDA warns the makers of herbal supplements like “TaperAid” – which is fine as long as the keep kratom legal! The FDA shockingly has said that kratom does not help with opiate addiction. Yes, these imbeciles in govt actually said that when they planned to schedule it in November of 2016.
Like we said before, we must differentiate kratom and kratom users from the scumbags selling snake oil.
– Pain News Network –
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is following through on its threat to crackdown on companies selling kratom and other herbal supplements as treatments for opioid addiction and withdrawal.
The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have sent joint warning letters to the distributors of 15 herbal supplements for illegally marketing unapproved products.
“The FDA is increasingly concerned with the proliferation of products claiming to treat or cure serious diseases like opioid addiction and withdrawal,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD. “People who are addicted to opioids should have access to safe and effective treatments and not be victimized by unscrupulous vendors who are trying to capitalize on the opioid epidemic by taking advantage of consumers and selling products with baseless claims.”
The companies used websites or social media to make claims about their products’ ability to cure, treat or prevent opioid withdrawal and addiction.
TaperAid, for example, claims its “17 all-natural organic herbs” can relieve symptoms of withdrawal and even reduce tolerance to opioid painkillers.
“Use of TaperAid may increase sensitivity to opioids. You may need to lower your usual intake of opioids to account for reduced tolerance,” the company claimed. “People using short acting opioids (which includes many pain management medications and heroin) will notice a significant lowering of tolerance to their opiate of choice.”
“Opioid addiction is a serious health epidemic that affects millions of Americans,” said acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen. “Individuals and their loved ones who struggle with this disease need real help, not unproven treatments.”
In addition to the warning letters, the FTC released a “fact sheet” warning consumers about companies that promise miracle cures or fast results.
“Dietary supplements – such as herbal blends, vitamins, and minerals – have not been scientifically proven to ease withdrawal or to treat opioid dependence,” the FTC warned. “Products like Kratom, which some claim can help, are actually not proven treatments, and can be addictive and dangerous to your health.”
The FDA issued a public health advisory about kratom last November, saying there was “no reliable evidence to support the use of kratom as a treatment for opioid use disorder.”
In 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration attempted to list kratom’s two active ingredients as Schedule I controlled substances, which would have made it a felony to possess or sell kratom. The DEA suspended its planafter a public outcry, saying it would wait for a scheduling recommendation and medical evaluation of kratom from the FDA. Over a year later, that report has still not been released.
These politicians and govt bureaucrats BETTER KEEP KRATOM LEGAL!!
Let’s keep looking out for each other and send me any news or tips on these fake herbal supplements. I remember “withdrawal ease” a few years back that was allegedly an expensive multi-vitamin.
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