FDA Warns Of Deaths Linked To Opioid-Like Kratom

FDA chief warns about kratom to treat opioid addiction

But it's now taken as a recreational drug, with its users saying it treats anxiety, depression and opioid withdrawal.

The herbal supplement is a psychoactive drug derived from the leaves of the kratom plant and it's been reported that people are using the supplement to get high and some states are banning the supplement. "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".

Evidence suggests that kratom has similar effects to narcotics like opioids, and, according to Gottleib's statement, it has similar risks of abuse, addiction, and in some cases death, too. "Calls to USA poison control centers regarding kratom have increased 10-fold from 2010 to 2015, with hundreds of calls made each year", said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb in a statement.

The FDA's chief, Scott Gottleib, asked Congress for more power and expanded resources to combat the opioid epidemic on Tuesday.

If companies want to market kratom for its supposed health benefits, they should go through the FDA's drug review process, Gottlieb said.

Last year, the US Drug Enforcement Administration announced its plans to name the substance a Schedule I drug, the most restrictive classification alongside heroin and LSD which restricts medical research.

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Importers, organized crime or others in the supply chain could be part of conspiracies to distribute illegal opioids, Sharfstein says. Anita Gupta, an osteopathic anesthesiologist and licensed pharmacist, has expressed concern about an increase in the use of kratom among her chronic pain patients.

Dozens of web sites sell kratom, but the FDA said it would exercise its jurisdiction over the product as an unapproved drug. Hundreds of shipments have already been detained and many are seized.

Meanwhile, a similarly troubling trend has been seen with kratom. But websites also say it can treat diabetes, addiction and acts as a sexual stimulant.

Gottlieb said he was sympathetic but said distributors have to show that kratom does work as advertised.

"While we remain open to the potential medicinal uses of kratom, those uses must be backed by sound-science and weighted appropriately against the potential for abuse", he wrote.

Online sellers of kratom who were contacted by NBC News did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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