(AP) An Iowa man is suing the makers of kratom and other kratom products after his daughter accidentally overdosed after using the herbal supplement in a car, according to the Iowa Department of Health.
Kratom, which is sometimes used to treat opioid addiction, is a Southeast Asian herb.
Kratom is sometimes prescribed for the treatment of opioid addiction in some countries, including the United States.
Keratodol, a popular supplement that contains kratom, is also used in Southeast Asia to treat severe muscle spasms, according the Iowa State Health Department.
The Iowa man, who is now recovering from his injuries, filed a lawsuit Thursday in Lincoln Municipal Court.
The complaint accuses the company, Keratodil, of misleading consumers about the risks of the supplement and violating a ban on the sale of prescription drugs, including kratom.
The man’s daughter and two friends were driving from Iowa City, Iowa, to Omaha, Neb., when the girl overdosed in the back seat, according a news release from the Johnson County attorney’s office.
The driver and passengers of the car were not injured, and the three were able to return to the vehicle before emergency services arrived, the release said.
The woman was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, the news release said, but she has since been released from the hospital.
The company has not yet responded to a request for comment.