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Legal Claims Against Kratom Manufacturers and Distributors
For years, a group of people, companies, and special interest groups have conspired to unlawfully import, market, and sell dangerous products containing a drug commonly known as kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa). Kratom is a highly addictive psychoactive drug currently sold openly in stores, popular with teenagers, and already responsible for over 100 deaths in the United States.
Kratom contains dozens of psychoactive compounds or alkaloids, including mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These two alkaloids affect the brain in a manner similar to heroin. Like opiates, these compounds can lead to analgesia (release of pain), euphoria, and sedation. Most kratom products currently sold in the United States lack adequate warnings and dosing instructions for safe use. Worse, the products have irregular potency, inconsistent ingredients, and sometimes contain fillers ranging from baking soda to fentanyl.
Kratom Sold in the United States is Unsafe for Human Consumption.
Scientific literature has documented serious health threats regarding the toxicity of kratom. Kratom consumption can lead to many adverse health impacts, including respiratory depression, nervousness, agitation, aggression, sleeplessness, hallucinations, delusions, tremors, loss of libido, constipation, skin hyperpigmentation, nausea, vomiting, and severe withdrawal signs and systems.
The FDA considers any product containing kratom adulterated.. In February 2014, the F.D.A. banned the import of kratom-containing supplements. Despite being criminalized in many foreign countries with punishments of up to 70 years or more  and a prohibition on sale by the U.S. F.D.A., kratom manufacturers have continued to distribute kratom around the world and shifted their efforts to the United States where trade organizations seek to prevent enforcement of existing drug, food, and supplement laws prohibiting the import and sale of kratom.
Worse, certain kratom manufacturers have begun producing, marketing, and selling concentrated forms of kratom. Kratom liquid shots are particularly dangerous because they are intended to provide consumers with higher concentrations of mitragynine, substantially increasing the risk of overdose and death.
Which Companies and Entities Are Involved?
Our list continues to grow daily. We are currently investigating claims involving the following individuals and businesses:
- AETHER, LLC
- AGHOSH CORPORATION
- AMERICAN KRATOM ASSOCIATION
- BIOPHARMACEUTICAL TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, INC.
- DAVID L. WATSON
- JOPEN, LLC
- L.P. IND., LLC d/b/a OLISTICA LIFE SCIENCES GROUP
- LGI HOLDINGS, LLC
- MARK REILLY
- MARTIAN SALES, INC.
- O.P.M.S. a/k/a OPTIMIZED PLANT MEDIATED SOLUTIONS
- OPMS SOLUTIONS
- OPMS SOLUTIONS GROUP LLC
- OPMS SOLUTIONS, INC.
- OPMS WHOLESALE d/b/a CHOICE ORGANICS
- PEYTON SHEA PALAIO a/k/a PAYTON PALAIA
- MARK JENNINGS
- WORLD OF TOBACCO, INC
If you have additional information about these individuals/companies, or know of additional companies that should be included in our investigation, please send us a message. If you have had a serious adverse health event caused by kratom, send us a message or click here to complete our information gathering form.
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We accept all cases on contingency. That means that we advance all expenses and you do not pay anything unless we win. If you have had a serious adverse health event caused by kratom, send us a message or click here to complete our information gathering form.
Is this a Class Action?
We are primarily investigating individual personal injury and death claims involving kratom products. We are still investigating the viability of class-wide claims.
How to Hire the Best Kratom Injury Lawyers For Your Claim
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You Can Make a Lasting Difference in the Lives of Others by Hiring the Wetherington Law Firm
Obtaining full and complete compensation for our clients is the most important service we provide to our clients. Protecting the general public and making sure that other people are protected is part of obtaining justice. We frequently work with law enforcement, local government officials, state legislators, and federal agencies to understand the root cause of dangerous conditions. This often leads to uncovering dangerous trends or patterns of behavior that must be changed. Many of our clients have chosen not to be defined by their injuries, and instead choose to serve as a beacon of hope to others. Whether through legislation, refusing to settle unless changes or made, or simply sharing their story, our client’s efforts have helped save MILLIONS of people from serious injury or death. If you can help prevent even one other person from being hurt or injured by the same problem, it will help make every day of your recovery a little bit better. We care about you as a person and will work with you however you want to help make the world a safer and better place. If you have had a serious adverse health event caused by kratom, send us a message or click here to complete our information gathering form.
 Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Summary of assessments, findings and recommendations of the 44th World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD), 11–15 October 2021 (https://www.unodc.org/documents/commissions/CND/CND_Sessions/CND_64Reconvened/ECN72021_CRP12_V2108992.pdf); FDA News Release, FDA issues warnings to companies selling illegal, unapproved kratom Drug products (https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-issues-warnings-companies-selling-illegal-unapproved-kratom-drug-products-marketed-opioid); see also DOJ DEA Drug Fact Sheet – Kratom (https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/Kratom-2020_0.pdf).
 See FDA Import Alert # 54-15 (https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cms_ia/importalert_1137.html) (last accessed October 18, 2022).
 Kratom Import Alert 54-15 (https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cms_ia/importalert_1137.html).
 Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Myanmar, Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand have banned Kratom. European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). 2015. (http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/drug-profiles/kratom).