232 substances… [and big questions]
While the test came back negative for 232 of the substances tested for, it returned positive for mitragynine, the active chemical in kratom. The test detected 3,500 nanograms per milliliter of mitragynine in Dana’s blood, nearly six times as much as any other blood test from an alleged kratom overdose. … National Medical Services Labs, an accredited, privately owned laboratory in Pennsylvania, administered the postmortem blood test.
Both the American Kratom Association and the Enterprise* have requested copies of the coroner’s report on Dana but were denied by Franklin County. Coroners’ reports are exempt from New York’s Freedom of Information Law, except for requests by family members or others whose interest in obtaining them is deemed significant. Franklin County Coroner Shawn Stuart has shared a list of drugs tested for in toxicology screening on village police Sgt. Matthew Dana, which informed Stuart’s report that said a kratom overdose caused Dana’s death. The list encompasses 233 drugs, chemicals and other substances, including cocaine, alprazolam (Xanax) and O-Desmethyltramadol, a drug which, when mixed with kratom, killed nine Swedish men in 2010.
*Dr. Gottlieb [current FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs} was previously a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
Original Article (Andirondack Daily Enterprise):
232 substances ruled out in sergeant’s death; only kratom present
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