Kratom linked to multistate Salmonella outbreak

22 February, 2018, 01:19 | Author: Lynne Higgins
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The herbal opioid substitute kratom has been linked to 28 salmonella infections in the United States, the CDC warned today. The plant, which is native to Southeast Asia, is a legal commodity and can be purchased online. However, health representatives have still not recognized a precise brand or supplier of kratom supplements tied to the outbreak.

The bad news about kratom continues with the CDC's announcement, which says a nationwide bout of salmonellosis, or salmonella infections, may be related to it. Twenty-eight people from 20 states across the country had come down with same strain of salmonella as of February 16, according to the CDC. FDA warned the public in November 2017 that the plant has the same risks of abuse and addiction as opioids. "The investigation indicates that kratom products could be contaminated with Salmonella and could make people sick", the CDC says on its website. Upon interview, 8 infected individuals reported consuming kratom in either pill, powder, or tea form.

Proponents of the substance say it can be used to treat chronic pain, anxiety and opioid withdrawal symptoms. A few months later, in the autumn of 2016, the DEA said it would delay rendering a decision on kratom until the FDA was able to complete a scientific evaluation of the supplement.

Last week, the FDA released findings showing kratom acts like an opioid and can be unsafe and addictive.

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A number of kratom-containing dietary supplements are being recalled and destroyed by the manufacturer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday. Herbal products containing kratom are gaining popularity in the USA - people report taking these products to treat pain, anxiety or depression, as well as symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

He noted that his agency "is taking new steps to bring new, safe and effective FDA-approved therapies to the market for treatment of opioid use disorder".

Kratom items are inexactly managed by the FDA. Across the USA, several reports of deaths and addiction led the Drug Enforcement Administration to place kratom on its list of "drugs and chemicals of concern".


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