A Craze supplement containing a meth ingredient is drawing fire over the popular sports drink. USA Today reports Oct. 14 that Craze is "secretly spiked" with a supplement closely related to methamphetamine and "that appears to have its origins as an illicit designer recreational drug, according to new tests by scientists in the USA and South Korea."
Test results of the a pre-workout powder manufactured by Driven Sports are promoted as having strictly natural ingredients, but researchers say they raise significant health and regulatory concerns. Detonate, the weight loss pill sold as being all-natural, also showed results of using a meth-like supplement in their products. Pieter Cohen, a professor at Harvard Medical School and one of the driving researchers publishing the report about the Craze meth supplement said "these are basically brand-new drugs that are being designed in clandestine laboratories where there's absolutely no guarantee of quality control."
Cohen adds that the meth supplements found in Craze have never been evaluated in the human body.
"It has never been studied in the human body," Cohen said. "Yes, it might make you feel better or have you more pumped up in your workout, but the risks you might be putting your body under of heart attack and stroke are completely unknown."
Walmart.com and other online retailers have pulled Craze from their websites in light of the report just out by USA Today. GNC and several other online stores still carry the drink despite the negative research.
Driven Sports attorney, Marc Ullman, said the company has no comment on the meth-like substance found in Craze.
Ulman wrote in an email:
"We have previously provided USA Today with a plethora of data from a DEA Certified Lab indicating the absence of any amphetamine-like compound in Craze. In light of USA Today's decision to ignore the data we have provided, we respectfully decline to comment for your story."
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration could not be reached for comment due to the government shutdown. They oversee dietary supplements in foods Americans consume.
The FDA was informed of the Craze supplement results in May. The research group found the compound, N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine in the drink. Its make is similar to methamphetamine. They did say that the "new compound is likely less potent than methamphetamine but greater than ephedrine."