According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Kratom is an herbal extract that comes from evergreen tree leaves. The extract allegedly increases alertness and physical energy. People also use Kratom to combat symptoms of anxiety and depression, reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms, and alleviate physical pain. To capitalize on the potentially helpful qualities of Kratom, companies have manufactured the extract in a capsule form for customers to consume.
However, Kratom can be very addictive, and when consumed in high quantities, it can even lead to death. Medical experts have noted that Kratom can sometimes cause damage to the liver and cause seizures. Currently, there is almost no regulation of Kratom in the United States; therefore, questions exist regarding where a company obtains the Kratom that is inserted into a capsule. The lack of government regulation increases the risk that Kratom capsules are laced with other substances, potentially causing serious injury to consumers.
The lawsuits popping up around the country claim that companies producing Kratom in capsule form did not warn consumers of the addictive nature of Kratom on any packaging and falsely marketed Kratom as a healthy, non-addictive alternative to opioids. These lawsuits will be an important benchmark for the future of Kratom use nationwide and how the government will respond to regulate this drug.
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