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Lawmakers Push Herbal Viagra Ban After Lamar Odom’s Health Scare

Lawmakers are now pushing for a ban on herbal Viagra following Lamar Odom’s near death experience at a brothel in Nevada. The former NBA star was found unconscious inside the popular bunny ranch brothel last week.

Lawmakers in New York City are hoping to ban herbal Viagra and other supplements that promise to reduce erectile dysfunction or increase sexual enhancement. When former Lakers player Lamar Odom was found unconscious last week near Las Vegas, he was reportedly taking herbal Viagra along with other alleged drugs.

According to the Nye County Sherriff’s Office, Lamar Odom took up to 10 herbal Viagra pills within a three-day period. A spokesperson for the Love Ranch brother where Odom was found unconscious said that he purchased Reload Herbal Viagra Supplements and Libimax Plus brand pills from an online website.

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This legislation was made after headlines about Odom circulated last week, including TMZ and The New York Times. Odom has regained consciousness and showed signs of improvement, but he still remains in critical condition.

Senators Jose Peralta and Jeff Klein are hoping to push the ban. The new law will force businesses to remove herbal Viagra and similar supplements from store shelves. Otherwise they will face a $2,000 fine as their first offense. Store owners who refuse to remove the supplements will face a $5,000 fine as a second offense. They could also risk losing their licenses to sell alcohol, cigarettes, and lottery tickets if they are caught the third time, according to a report via the Times Union.

New York City’s authorities will be handing out the fines to the shops carrying herbal Viagra and other supplements. Peralta released a statement saying the reason why he’s pushing for this law to go into effect.

“I am not here to ruin a party or to spoil anyone’s fun. But, in a vast majority of cases, the true contents of these products are unknown to consumers, making their use very unsafe. The inherent danger is real.”

You can read the full release from Peralta’s office at the Times Union report.

So, what is herbal Viagra? If you’re familiar with herbal sex enhancement supplements, then you should know that they’re not FDA approved. Because of that, there are risks involved with taking these drugs. These herbal supplements are different from the “little blue pill” since Viagra is a prescribed medication that’s approved by the FDA, according to Health 24 News.

“Herbal Viagra and other over-the-counter sexual performance enhancement products are often marketed as a cheaper alternative to Viagra but are not regulated by the FDA and can be purchased without a prescription. Many are sold online.”

The FDA has warned users that these supplements may contain hidden ingredients, including unidentified ingredients, which could pose as health risks. Herbal Viagra supplements could cause dangerously low blood pressure, especially if the user taking them has heart problems, according to the Mayo Clinic website. Of course, mixing the supplements with alcohol and drugs could also pose greater risks to the user.

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Herbal Viagra doesn’t just come in pill form. There are also powders and herbs that promise to improve sexual stamina and libido, and often claim to contain all natural ingredients such as “horny goat weed.” These supplements are available at gas stations, in stores, on the internet, or in vending machines in the shady sections of most cities and suburbs. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these supplements may also contain unknown chemicals and ingredients that could pose great health risks and have not gone through the rigorous testing to be FDA approved.

If you or anyone you know has taken herbal Viagra, then you should make sure to do your research and read the label, including its ingredients. As of Monday, October 19, reports say that Lamar Odom is alert and slowly improving, although he may have a long recovery ahead of him.

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