You have to keep an eye on stuff like this…some of these so called ‘supplements’ have narcotic plants in them…people take too many of them and they turn into violent street monkeys or worse yet, impaired drivers.-SF
On Wednesday, US Marshalls seized 90,000 bottles of a dietary supplement containing a legal drug called kratom, which has similar effects on the brain as heroin, the FDA said in a statement.
The supplement, which was manufactured by Dordoniz Natural Products LLC, in South Beloit, Illinois, and marketed under the brand name RelaKzpro, is said to be worth upwards of $400,000.
Kratom is made from the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa plant, and has been widely used for recreational purposes in Southeast Asia, but has recently become popular in the west for itsmedicinal uses, which include pain relief. It’s known for its narcotic effects, but it acts as a stimulant at low doses.
The drug is sold in bars and stores in Florida and other states, where some people are reportedly using it to wean themselves off their heroin addiction. But the drug may be addictive itself and could lead to relapse with heroin, which is cheaper and more potent, The New York Times reports.
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