Kratom is an herb derived from a plant native to Southeast Asia.
It’s listed as an unapproved drug by the FDA and has effects similar to opioids. It has been linked with 36 deaths.
FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb released a statement on Tuesday warning people to stay away from the herb.
A pill that’s been credited with delivering super-human strength, feelings of euphoria, powerful pain relief, and better focus has now been linked with 36 deaths, drawing a new warning from the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday.
The drug is kratom, and despite failing to gain FDA approval, it continued to be available for sale online and in stores — including inside a vending machine in Arizona.
“Evidence shows that kratom has similar effects to narcotics like opioids, and carries similar risks of abuse, addiction and in some cases, death,” FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.
Aside from being marketed online and in largely unregulated supplements as a concentration booster and workout enhancer, kratom is being advertised as a replacement for opioid painkillers. It’s also being touted as a way to treat addiction to opioids.
These two uses are what Gottlieb appears to see as the most troubling.
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