FDA warns of 'deadly risks' of the herb kratom, citing 36 deaths

November 16, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration issued a strong warning Tuesday to consumers to stay away from the herbal supplement kratom, saying regulators are aware of 36 deaths linked to products containing the substance. Consumers are increasingly using the supplement, which comes from a plant in Southeast Asia, for pain, anxiety and depression, as well as symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The herb also is used recreationally because it produces symptoms such as euphoria. Proponents say it is a safe way to deal with chronic pain and other ailments, and some researchers are exploring its therapeutic potential, including helping people overcome addictions. But in a statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that there is no "reliable evidence" to support the use of kratom as a treatment for opioid-use disorder, and that there are no other FDA-approved uses for kratom. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/11/14/fda-warns-of-deadly-risks-of-herb-kratom-citing-36-deaths/?utm_term=.57a2d40ae7b4

 


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