Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Herbal drug kratom blamed for 20-state salmonella outbreak

CDC workers look through microscopes at as an image of a skin biopsy is displayed on a screen at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta Kratom supplements have a new side effect: Salmonella
Marty Perkins | 22 February, 2018, 01:19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising consumers to avoid all forms of kratom after finding that the botanical substance may be tied to a salmonella outbreak that has infected at least 28 people in 20 states. A member of the coffee family, kratom grows natively in Southeast Asia where its leaves are well-known for their psychoactive effects. They say that's double the cases reported in 2015 and 2016 combined. "Eight (73 percent) of 11 people interviewed reported consuming kratom in pills, powder or tea", the CDC said. It issued a public health advisory in November about health risks of the herbal supplement.

According to an official statement released by the FDA, kratom may not appear as an ingredient on those product labels. The FDA is making efforts to tamp down on misbranded or unapproved drugs entering the country to stop the flow of kratom.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said it recalled and destroyed a large volume of kratom-containing dietary supplements made by a company in Missouri.

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had found evidence of opioid compounds in kratom, and said that its own investigation, taken together with other chemical studies 'have clearly revealed, compounds in kratom make it so it isn't just a plant - it's an opioid'. There are now no FDA-approved therapeutic uses of kratom and importantly, the FDA has evidence to show that there are significant safety issues associated with its use.




"To protect the public health, we'll continue to affirm the risks associated with kratom, warn consumers against its use and take aggressive enforcement action against kratom-containing products", Gottlieb said. Kratom has different names such as Kakuam, Biak, Ketom, Thom and Thang.

Notwithstanding lightening torment, kratom is expended for its stimulant impacts and used to treat heroin or morphine reliance, as it is said to lessen withdrawal desires.

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".

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