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Posted November 27, 2018

High Levels of Lead Found in Kratom Products

Some kratom products contain levels of lead and nickel that are not considered safe for human consumption, according to tests conducted by the FDA. The agency issued a news release today stating, "While the levels of the specific products we've tested so far are not likely to result in immediate acute heavy metal poisoning from a single use, some of these products included levels that, with chronic use, could cause some people to suffer from heavy metal poisoning." 

The FDA tested 26 kratom products that were obtained during its investigation of a multistate salmonella outbreak linked to kratom, which resulted in numerous recalls of kratom products.

Kratom is an herb often promoted as an alternative to opioid drugs, for energy and pain relief, and for relieving symptoms of opioid withdrawal. However, is not legally marketed in the U.S. as a drug or dietary supplement. The active compounds in kratom are opioids which can have effects similar to morphine and heroin. Consumption of kratom has been associated with agitation, irritability, tachycardia, nausea, drowsiness, and hypertension. Risks of using kratom include hepatotoxicity, psychosis, seizure, weight loss, insomnia, tachycardia, vomiting, poor concentration and hallucinations, and there are at least 44 deaths associated with its use.

The FDA will be contacting the companies that market and sell the kratom products found to contain high levels of heavy metals to make them aware of their findings. 

See these related warnings:

FDA Urges Consumers to Avoid Kratom

Kratom Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kratom Powders, Pills and Teas

FDA Links 44 Deaths to Kratom

Police Officer Dies From Kratom Overdose, Herb Currently Legal in Most States

Kratom To Be Classified a Schedule I Controlled Substance

U.S. Marshals Seize $150,00 Worth of Kratom

Over $400,000 Worth of Kratom Supplements Seized by U.S. Marshals

U.S. Marshals Seize $5 Million Worth of Kratom

Products Containing Kratom Recalled Following FDA Import Alert

To read FDA's news release, use the link below.