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FOIA Docs Show FDA’s Data on Kratom Deaths is Complete Propaganda

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As the FDA fearmongers over alleged Kratom associated deaths, documents on these deaths reveal that the American people are being lied to.

Last Month, Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, issued a public health advisory on kratom, outlining concerns about its “deadly risks.” However, Nick Wing, a senior reporter at the HuffPost, submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Food and Drug Administration to put a second set of eyes on these allegedly deadly associations. What the FDA released under the FOIA request is now raising serious concerns about the validity and perhaps the motive for this senseless government fear mongering.

In their report, the FDA cited 36 deaths associated with the use of kratom. But the data they released to HuffPost showed only eight. Of these eight reports, not a single one confirmed a death caused by kratom.

As Wing noted, they requested all records on kratom associated deaths since 2010. All the incidents turned over to HuffPost appear to have been submitted through the FAERS, the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System.

Some of the data the FDA used to issue their warning over the ‘deadly risks’ associated with kratom use would be laughable if they weren’t going to be used to take this beneficial plant away from the countless people whose lives it saved by stopping their opioid addictions.

The report below shows how entirely absent of any real data the FDA’s claims are. “My son died after consuming kratom. Received it on Friday and died on Sunday. Prepared as a tea,” read the report.

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