FDA is­sues warn­ing on use of kratom

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WASH­ING­TON – The Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion on Tues­day is­sued a strong warn­ing 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.

Be­cause it pro­duces symp­toms, such as eu­pho­ria, sim­i­lar to opi­ates, it is also used recre­ation­ally. 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.

FDA com­mis­sioner Scott Got­tlieb said there is no “re­li­able ev­i­dence” to sup­port the use of kratom as a treat­ment for opioid-use dis­or­der, and that there are no other FDAap­proved uses of kratom.

– New York Times

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