36 deaths by herb used to kick opi­oids

New York Daily News - - NEWS - Ariel Scotti

THE FOOD and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion is­sued a health ad­vi­sory Tues­day about the use of kratom, a her­bal sup­ple­ment known to ease the side ef­fects of opioid with­drawals that’s linked to 36 deaths.

The FDA’s cau­tion­ing comes af­ter the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s de­lay in list­ing kratom, a plant found in coun­tries like Thai­land and Malaysia, as a con­trolled sub­stance. The sup­ple­ment is sold in smoke shops and as a pow­der for brew­ing tea to ease drug with­drawal symp­toms, but the FDA said it has ad­dic­tive char­ac­ter­is­tics of its own.

“Ev­i­dence shows that kratom has sim­i­lar ef­fects to nar­cotics like opi­oids and car­ries sim­i­lar risks of abuse, ad­dic­tion and in some cases, death,” the FDA warned.

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