USA: Kratom is ‘DONE’!!! (FDA declares it and opioid)

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FDA declares popular alt-medicine kratom an opioid

by MAGGIE FOX 7/2/2018

The Food and Drug Administration declared the popular herbal product kratom to be an opioid on Tuesday, opening a new front in its battle to get people to stop using it.

New research shows kratom acts in the brain just as opioids do, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. And he said the agency has documented 44 cases in which kratom at least helped kill people – often otherwise healthy young people.

“Taken in total, the scientific evidence we’ve evaluated about kratom provides a clear picture of the biologic effect of this substance,” Gottlieb wrote.

The dangers of using alt-medicine kratom

Kratom is used by some as a home remedy for opioid addiction – and by others just for fun. It has a passionate following.

“Kratom should not be used to treat medical conditions, nor should it be used as an alternative to prescription opioids. There is no evidence to indicate that kratom is safe or effective for any medical use.”

Last November, the FDA cautioned people not to use kratom.

Supporters of kratom use have been fighting to keep it legal for years. The Drug Enforcement Administration temporarily listed kratom as a Schedule 1 controlled substance last August, but withdrew the decision after an outcry and a targeted petition effort.

Related: Kratom can kill you, FDA says

The FDA says scientific evaluation shows there is no wiggle room.

“As the scientific data and adverse event reports have clearly revealed, compounds in kratom make it so it isn’t just a plant – it’s an opioid,” Gottlieb wrote.

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