Salmonella outbreak linked to kratom, Dozens sickened in multiple states

Salmonella outbreak linked to kratom, Dozens sickened in multiple states

Kratom is the name used for leaves from an evergreen tree found in Southeast Asia.

In the meantime, the CDC says because the source of salmonella contamination has not been identified, kratom should not be consumed in any form. But genetic testing links the cases that have been reported.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) tried to have the substance classified as a Schedule 1 drug - alongside heroin, ecstasy and marijuana - in 2016, but the attempt was met with public outrage, and Congress urged authorities to allow the public to comment on kratom before outlawing it. "Eight (73 percent) of 11 people interviewed reported consuming kratom in pills, powder or tea", the CDC said.

In an earlier statement issued last fall, Gottlieb warned that the agency knew of 36 deaths linked to kratom use. Unfortunately, that reality is being reflected in shipments of kratom products contaminated with salmonella.

"Kratom should not be used to treat medical conditions, nor should it be used as an alternative to prescription opioids", said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a statement.

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Even though kratom is legal now, 7 states and select counties have banned the drug.

A number of kratom-containing dietary supplements are being recalled and destroyed by the manufacturer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday. Kratom has discovered a following in the United States, where there are 3 million to 5 million clients, as per the American Kratom Association.

"According to the FDA, scientific data now shows Kratom contains compounds that are ".opioids and are expected to have similar addictive effects as well as risks of abuse, overdose and, in some cases, death". "There are three FDA-approved products that are safe and effective for the treatment of opioid use disorder and we encourage patients to seek advice from their health care professional and pursue treatment for addiction".

Kratom is an unregulated supplement that people use as an opioid substitute and a stimulant. "The scientific data and adverse event reports have "clearly revealed" that compounds in kratom render it more risky than 'just a plant'".

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