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The Risks of Using Kratom

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When is a “cure” more problematic than the condition it purports to treat? 

Medical history is littered with treatments and interventions that, based on the standards of their time, were thought to be beneficial but were later found to be harmful or even worse than the condition they were meant to address. Examples include mercury as a laxative, thalidomide for pregnancy-related nausea, and Phen-Fen for weight loss. Even tobacco was once promoted for its “health benefits,” including treating asthma.

Today, kratom is often promoted as an antidote to opioid withdrawal, yet studies show it might cause more health issues than it fixes. According to the National Institutes of Health, the extract can sometimes cause serious cardiovascular, psychiatric, gastrointestinal, and respiratory problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked a small number of deaths to the chemicals found in kratom’s leaves; however, most of them involved other drugs or contaminants.

If you or someone you love has been impacted by severe injury or death related to kratom, the personal injury attorneys at Peters Law Firm can help by fighting to recover any and all applicable damages for your case. 

Does Taking Kratom Lead to Addiction?

Some cultures use kratom for various purposes, including pain relief, increased energy, and wound healing. However, its potential for addiction, particularly with frequent and high-dose use, is of concern to the medical community.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns people to avoid using products containing kratom for many reasons, including:

  • Its active compounds: The alkaloids in kratom act on the brain’s opioid receptors in much the same way morphine and other opioids do, albeit with some differences.
  • Dependence and withdrawal: Regular prolonged use of kratom can lead to addiction, meaning the body experiences withdrawal when a person stops taking it.
  • Tolerance: Over time, users can require greater levels of kratom to achieve the same effects, leading to increased consumption that reinforces dependence.
  • Psychological dependency: Users can also develop a non-physical addiction, where they are compulsive to continue using kratom despite its adverse effects.

While its supporters argue kratom offers therapeutic benefits when used responsibly, others emphasize its risks, potential for misuse, and lack of comprehensive research. Therefore, some states and countries have banned kratom over safety concerns.

The Risks of Kratom

It’s important to note that the FDA does not regulate kratom, but it has stated that “this substance may cause death and disability.” Known risks and side effects, especially with frequent and high-dose use, can include:

  1. Short-term side effects like nausea and vomiting, itching or rash, constipation, appetite loss, and increased heart rate and blood pressure.
  2. Long-term risks such as addiction, weight loss, liver injury, seizures, and respiratory depression, particularly when combined with other depressants.
  3. Mental health effects including irritability, aggression, and mood swings. Some users have reported experiencing depression and anxiety, especially during withdrawal.
  4. Interaction with prescription medications that can lead to amplified and dangerous side effects.
  5. Contamination and adulteration from kratom sourced from non-reputable vendors which can lead to severe health complications or death.
  6. Overdose potential, especially when combined with other substances.
  7. Withdrawal symptoms that include muscle aches, irritability, insomnia, and mood disturbances.

Let Peters Law Firm Help You Fight Back Against Kratom

If you believe you or someone you know has been harmed by using kratom, a personal injury or wrongful death attorney at Peters Law Firm can provide legal guidance and representation in seeking compensation or justice. We represent clients and families just like yours in assessing the merits of your case, including the harm suffered and potential at-fault parties, to determine if you have a valid legal claim.

Legal actions for personal injury or wrongful death can be complex, requiring a deep understanding of a case’s legal and medical aspects. If you’re considering legal action related to kratom use or any other substances, it’s critical to consult with an attorney skilled in bringing these types of actions to a successful outcome.

To learn more about the risks associated with kratom or to arrange a free consultation, contact Peters Law Firm online or call 712-328-3157 today.

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