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The Truth Behind Kratom, Touted Opioid Alternative

The Truth Behind Kratom, Touted Opioid Alternative

When Hofstra University’s departments of Earth Sciences and Geology helped put together a teaching guide for GeoTeach to sort out the facts from science fiction in the Jurassic Park movies, they acknowledged that the filmmakers got many things right—and a few facts wrong. For example, a Pteranodon, the name itself means “wings with no teeth,” couldn’t have swooped down, teeth bared, and plucked a 12-year-old boy off the ground and flown away!

It was also a mistake when The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) stated they included kratom in their investigation titled “Crackdown Urged on Supplements Marketed as Opioid Withdrawal Aids.” Their study specifically excluded kratom, the opioid substitute that’s also being touted on the Internet as a healthy alternative. This product was the target of an FDA warning to consumers. To set the record straight: kratom was not part of the CSPI investigation.

What CSPI did urge authorities to crack down on were companies who produce products such as Mitadone Anti Opiate Aid Plus, Opiate Detox Pro and TaperAid Complete. Both CSPI and the FDA stress that there are three approved FDA medically-assisted treatments for opioid addiction withdrawal: methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. These are treatments consumers can depend on.

Consider this our “Redactyl” to our Pteranodon. We look forward to the continued good work the Center for Science in the Public Interest accomplishes year in and year out.

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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