Lamar Odom’s sex enhancement supplements may have been spiked – USA TODAY
Sexual enhancement supplements â like those reportedly taken by Lamar Odom before he collapsed at a Nevada brothel â are often spiked with powerful and hidden pharmaceuticals, despite labels claiming they only contain herbs and other natural ingredients, experts and regulators have warned for years.
Odom took cocaine and as many as 10 sexualâperformance supplement pills leading up to his hospitalization in Las Vegas, according to a 911 call released Wednesday by the Nye County Sheriffâs Department. The product he took wasÂ âReload; 72-hour strong; sexual performance enhancer for men,â two employees of the Love Ranch said on the 911 call.
In 2013, the FDA issued a public warning that consumers should not purchase or use a supplement called Reload because tests found it contains sildenafil, the active ingredient in the prescription erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. The undeclared ingredient may dangerously interact with other drugs, especially nitrates often taken by men with diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease, the FDA warned.
A photo of the product that the FDA posted with its safety alert included no information about what company made the product. Despite the product’s label claiming it was made in the USA, the website listed on itÂ appears to be a JapaneseÂ dating site that provides little clue as to who is the maker of the product.
A Nevada sheriff says a person who called 911 Tuesday to report that Lamar Odom was found unconscious at a brothel said the former NBA star had been doing cocaine and had taken sexual performance enhancers. (Oct. 14)
USA TODAY Sports’ Larry Berger talks about the latest news in NBA.
People continue to show their support for Lamar Odom while he remains hospitalized in Las Vegas.
EX-NBA star, Lamar Odom is fighting for his life.
USA TODAY Sports
Lamar Odom was discovered unconscious at a Nevada brothel. He was taken to a Las Vegas hospital.
Video provided by Newsy
Itâs rare for supplements taken by consumers to undergo testing by the FDA. Out of an estimated 85,000 supplement products on the market, the FDA told USA TODAY in 2013 that it was budgeted to run just 1,000 tests per year.
Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, known by its acronym DSHEA, the FDA must show a product is unsafe before it can take any action to restrict its use or seek its removal from the market.
Products marketed as nutritional supplements â which range from vitamins and minerals to protein powders to herbal blends â are treated like foods and presumed to be all-natural and safe, unless proven otherwise. Although supplements are often sold and used as remedies to treat various conditions, they arenât required to prove their safety or effectiveness before being sold, as is required for medications.
USA TODAY’s “Supplement Shell Game”Â investigation in 2013 foundÂ it difficult or impossible to determine who the people or companies are behind many of the drug-spiked supplements detected through a limited testing program run by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. When companies could be identified, USA TODAY found that many of those caught selling spiked supplementsÂ are run by people with criminal backgrounds and regulatory run-ins. Consumers buying products from these firms were in some cases entrusting their safety to people with rap sheets involving Â barbiturates, crack cocaine,Â EcstacyÂ and other narcotics, as well as arrests for selling or possessing steroids and human growth hormone. Other supplement company executives hadÂ records of fraud, theft, assault, weapons offenses, money laundering or other offenses, the investigation found.
Read USA TODAY’s Supplement Shell Game series at supplements.usatoday.com