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Kratom Deaths, Injuries Among Risks, FDA Warns

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In this photo illustration, a bottle with Kratom liquid and bags of capsules with the herbal supplement Kratom inside are seen on May 10, 2016, in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 01:45 PM

Herbal supplement kratom has drawn a warning about deaths, injuries and addiction reported in connection with the supplement that has been promoted as an alternative to opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs.

Kratom (KRAY'-tuhm), is made from a plant native to Southeast Asia. It has gained popularity in the U.S. as a treatment for pain, anxiety and drug dependence. Users have opposed efforts to regulate the plant, saying it could be a safer alternative to opioid pain pills.

But the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that kratom carries similar risks, including addiction and death, and the agency is working to block shipments.

The FDA said it is aware of 36 deaths involving products made with kratom and hundreds of calls to poison control centers.

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Herbal supplement kratom has drawn a warning about deaths, injuries and addiction reported in connection with the supplement that has been promoted as an alternative to opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs.
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