Herbal Supplement Kratom Contains Opioid, FDA Issues Public Warning

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Tech Times—The Food and Drug Administration warned the public against using the herbal supplement Kratom because of its addictive properties. The unregulated supplement, which is used to treat pain, anxiety and drug dependence, is linked to 44 deaths.

Compounds in herbal supplement kratom are opioids, FDA says. US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned the public about the herbal supplement kratom in a statement on Tuesday, saying "There is no evidence to indicate that kratom is safe or effective for any medical use" and likening its chemical compounds to opioids. Native to Malaysia, the leaves of the kratom plant are traditionally crushed and made into tea to treat pain as well as heroin or morphine dependence and possibly reduce withdrawal cravings. Kratom also...