A meth-like supplement sold over-the-counter and advertised as “all natural," is under investigation today. The meth-like chemical found in Craze appears more like a designer recreational drug than a workout supplement for athletes, according to USA Today on Oct. 14. Craze is made at a N.Y. based company called Driven.
This isn’t the only over-the-counter supplement found to contain the meth-like chemical. Detonate, a supplement sold as a weight-loss pill is found to also contain the meth-like substance. Detonate is also advertised as “all-natural” by another company called Gaspari Nutrition.
The tests were done by scientists in both the USA and South Korea. The separate testing facilities found the same thing. There is a dangerous ingredient in these supplements that render these drugs more like club designer drugs than they are healthy “all-natural” supplements, like they advertise.
An assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, Pieter Cohen said, "These are basically brand-new drugs that are being designed in clandestine laboratories where there's absolutely no guarantee of quality control.”
Cohen is the co-author of the analysis of Craze samples being published today in the Testing and Analysis scientific journal, which is a peer-reviewed publication. Craze is advertised as giving “unrelenting energy and focus” in workouts. In 2012 it was named by Bodybuilding.com as “New Supplement of the Year.”
USA Today did their own investigation, which found the same thing, and this started the ball rolling on others testing the products when they published their findings in July. Walmart along with a few other reputable places removed Craze from their websites in the wake of the USA Today investigation, but others still sell the products. These products with the meth-like ingredient are still found on-line and in stores. Places like GNC stores still offer the supplement.
An attorney for Driven Sports, Marc Ullman, said the company had no comment.