FDA Warns This Supplement Has Been Associated With 44 Deaths
Update February 21, 2018:
Kratom—an herbal supplement to treat pain, anxiety and depression—has been under major scrutiny by the FDA for the last few weeks, and now, new findings have put the supplement into even more hot water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just reported that Kratom has been linked to an outbreak of salmonella.
Although it's unknown how Kratom became contaminated with salmonella in the first place, 28 people in 20 states are believed to have gotten the illness from the supplement. So, considering all the controversy surrounding this popular product right now, it's best to err on the side of safety and skip your dosage until the FDA and CDC release more information—you'll be happy you did.
Original Post February 7, 2018:
New evidence has surfaced regarding a controversial supplement and its association with 44 deaths, the Washington Post reports. The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that Kratom, an herbal supplement, contains chemical compounds that mimic “opioid properties” and put consumers at risk for negative side effects.
The supplement—it’s traditionally crushed and made into tea, or consumed as a powder, pill or capsule—is used to treat pain, anxiety, depression, and interestingly enough, opioid-withdrawal symptoms. Advocates of Kratom claim it’s a safe and effective way to deal with painful conditions, but FDA commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, warns “there is no evidence to indicate that Kratom is safe or effective for any medical use.”
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“We feel confident in calling compounds found in kratom, opioids,” said Dr. Gottlieb in a statement, adding that these new findings add to the agencies already growing concerns that Kratom’s “potential for abuse, addiction and serious health consequences, including death,” are severe.
Currently, the FDA is aware of 44 kratom-related deaths between April 2011 and last December. Because Kratom has obviously become a drug of concern, the FDA recommends steering clear of it until further research has been done.