These days, Floridians are trying all kinds of medication to help with their issues. Some have lost faith in the big pharmaceutical industry after the opioid epidemic and countless other controversies. But as one Florida family learned, natural drugs can be dangerous as well. If you have been harmed after taking a natural supplement, you may have considerable injuries — some of which may be permanent. Or perhaps you have lost a loved one due to a harmful or toxic natural supplement. Whatever the case may be, it makes sense to review your legal options.
Family Sues After Florida Woman Suffers Fatal Kratom Overdose
A Florida family is demanding justice after their loved one passed away from a fatal kratom overdose. At the time of her death, she had just ingested a kratom supplement sold by a legitimate company. The victim was found unresponsive in her own home with a cup of hot coffee and a bag of “Space Dust” lying nearby. Space Dust is a product that contains the natural psychoactive drug kratom.
The victim was quickly taken to a nearby hospital, but it was too late to save her. She was pronounced dead soon after arrival. An autopsy determined that the death had been caused by “acute mitragynine intoxication.” Mitragynine is the psychoactive ingredient in kratom which produces opioid-like effects. In rare cases, kratom can cause respiratory failure and death.
The company that supplied the plaintiff with this drug is not responding to any requests for comments. The trial is set to go ahead in the summer of 2022, and the plaintiffs are seeking damages of $75,000.
What is Kratom? Is It Legal?
You might be wondering why this company is facing a civil lawsuit and not criminal charges. The main reason is kratom’s legality in Florida. Although the state has not passed any specific laws legalizing the substance, they also haven’t passed any laws banning it. This means that the substance is unregulated. As a result, the company that sold this fatal dose of kratom must be held accountable in the civil courts — in the same way that big pharma is being held accountable for opioid deaths.
Kratom is a strange substance that originates from Southeast Asia, and it can produce a range of effects. In low doses, the drug can make users energetic and alert. In contrast, high doses produce a sedative effect. Kratom can be addictive, and its use is on the rise in the United States — especially due to its quasi-legality in many states. It’s also worth mentioning that there are no federal laws against kratom.
Where Can I Find a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney in Florida?
If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney in Fort Walton Beach, look no further than Browning Law Firm, P.A. With our assistance, you can hold negligent parties accountable — whether they are drunk drivers, incompetent doctors, or producers of toxic natural supplements. Book your consultation today, as the statute of limitations may prevent you from suing if you wait too long.
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