Kratom Death Should Spur Gov't Into Action, Pa. Family Says

By Matt Fair (March 7, 2019, 3:53 PM EST) -- The family of a Pennsylvania man who died after using the controversial herbal supplement kratom told reporters at a press conference arranged Thursday by their attorneys with Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC that they hoped to use their recently filed lawsuit over their loved one's death to pressure regulators into controlling or banning the product.

Scott Sturgis, who lost his 25-year-old son Caleb to what a coroner identified as kratom intoxication, said that he hoped his lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court would bring new public awareness and governmental scrutiny to the as-yet-unregulated substance.

"First and foremost, we want to prevent...

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