The frequency of help calls related to Kratom has increased rapidly in US Poison Control Centers from 13 cases in 2011 to 682 in 2013. As per a study published in Clinical Toxicology, the Malaysian oriented plant Kratom, used in making tea by its leaves for curing pain and curb opioid cravings has caused severe effects on people of all age group. The American Kratom Association conducted stated that the USA has 3-5 million users of Kratom. The study was conducted by evaluating all the help calls and results stated that Kratom affected people were of all age groups including newborn and small aged children. The essence of Kratom is transferred through the placenta and breastfeeding in small kids.
Henry Spiller (Director of Central Ohio Poison Centre, Nation Wide Children Hospital) said that the no. of help calls increased rapidly in the last few years and they have started considering really serious ones. The consumption of Kratom causes various effects on people like a rapid paced heartbeat, raise BP, Kidney problems and all these issues can lead to coma or even to death. Around 11 people did due to its consumption. Spiller who is also the co-author of this study added that people who consume Kratom should understand that there are severe risks related to it and is known as a herbal supplement does not make it safe for consumption. The Malaysian plant acts the same as other harmful drugs like morphine and opioids.
Other than people who like it because of it being a substitute for other harmful drugs, US Food and Drug considers it as harmful. FDA Commissioner, D. Scott Gottlieb said that there are no proven records or medical uses who can support the consumption of Kratom, hence FDA is against the consumption and resists it strongly, in a statement last year. While FDA is fully against the consumption of it, researchers have suggested FDA regulate the consumption along with Kratom’s purity, manufacturing and concentration before it reaches the hands of consumers.
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