Kratom Being Used for Opioid Addiction, but FDA Has Warning

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday raised concerns about kratom, saying there is no reliable evidence to support its use to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms, citing reports of 36 deaths associated with the use of kratom-containing products.

"I want to be clear on one fact: there are now no FDA-approved therapeutic uses of kratom", Gottlieb wrote.

"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. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the American Kratom Association-yes, it exists-has lobbied to have kratom recognized as "a safe alternative to legal and illegal opioids".

The FDA's cautioning comes after the Drug Enforcement Administration's delay in listing kratom, a plant found in countries like Thailand and Malaysia, as a controlled substance. The agency eventually withdrew its proposal to ban the substance, and began accepting comments from the public. "It's probably easier to "do it yourself" with kratom ordered over the internet than find - if it's available - and pay for FDA approved, doctor supervised treatment".

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Kratom is banned in Australia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand and in several USA states - Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

"There's clear data on the increasing harms associated with kratom". He said that calls to US poison control centers involving kratom increased 10-fold between 2010 and 2015, and that the herb is associated with side effects including seizures, liver damage and withdrawal symptoms.

"Given all these considerations, we must ask ourselves whether the use of kratom-for recreation, pain or other reasons-could expand the opioid epidemic".

The regulator said there are now no approved therapeutic uses of kratom, which is linked to serious side effects such as seizures and liver damage. People who are taking the product to treat depression and opioid addiction may be putting themselves at risk, the agency says. "But the FDA has a science-based obligation that supersedes popular trends and relies on evidence", he wrote.

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The health regulator has also taken action against kratom-containing dietary supplements.

Meanwhile, the FDA is working to prevent shipments of kratom from entering he country, he said.

"While we remain open to the potential medicinal uses of kratom, those uses must be backed by sound science and weighed appropriately against the potential for abuse", Gottlieb added.

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