As AP reports, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy found that Ethan Pope died from mitragynine intoxication; mitragynine is a psychoactive compound in kratom. He had no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system.
AsWholeFoodsMagazinehas reported, therapeutically, people report using kratom to self-medicate a variety of disorders, including pain, opioid withdrawal, opioid use disorder, anxiety, and depression. The plant is used as part of traditional medicine in some countries. In 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) decided against a critical review and subsequent scheduling ofkratom, according to the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) Summary assessments, findings, and recommendations. WHO reported that the main psychoactive components of kratom are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, two alkaloids. 7-hydroxymitragynine is also a metabolite of mitragynine.
A closer look at the Kratom wrongful death lawsuitAn announcementfrom Wetherington Law Firm, which is working with Ashby | Thelen | Lowry on the suit, outlines the scope of the lawsuit: It identifies more than a dozen defendants, including manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of Kratom products. The suit includes former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services official Mac Haddow, and the American Kratom Association (AKA). "Haddow is the current Senior Fellow on Public Policy for AKA," the firm explained. "According to the suit, AKA is involved in a scheme to falsely certify kratom products as safe to deceive the public."
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Daniel Delnero, a lawyer for AKA, released an emailed statement to the AP in response to the suit: “The American Kratom Association is a consumer advocacy group dedicated to education and responsible use of Kratom. It was improperly added to this lawsuit, and we will vigorously defend the spurious claims against it.”