Summary: The first ever Kratom-related death lawsuit – The family of a woman who died after ingesting kratom, a legal herbal extract, has been awarded more than $11 million in damages. The supplier, Kratom Distro, has been ordered to pay damages in a wrongful-death lawsuit.
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Family Wins $11 Million in Damages After Kratom-Related Death
In a recent court ruling, the family of a woman who died after ingesting kratom, a legal herbal extract with opioid-like effects, has been awarded more than $11 million in damages. Krystal Talavera, a 39-year-old mother of four, was found unconscious by her partner in June 2021. She was pronounced dead at the hospital, and her cause of death was determined to be acute mitragynine intoxication. Mitragynine is a major component of kratom.
The supplier of the drug, Kratom Distro, has been ordered to pay damages to Talavera’s four children and estate in a wrongful-death lawsuit. The company did not fight the lawsuit, and the owner gave no comment on the judgment when approached by The Guardian. Kratom Distro did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Kratom was banned by the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2016, but the move was quickly overturned. The herbal supplement is sometimes used to self-treat pain, anxiety, depression, and opioid withdrawal. There could be as many as 16 million regular kratom users in the US, according to medical research.
The American Kratom Association has called for additional research and believes that kratom’s safety and subsequent regulation should be determined through clinical trials. Meanwhile, a lack of federal regulation has led to a state-by-state approach to kratom, with half a dozen states banning the herbal supplement.[Source: Business Insider]
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