FDA warns herbal supplement kratom, a popularly growing stimulant obtained from plants, contains properties of opioid, shedding a new light on its combat to make people stop consuming these herbal supplements.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Deputy Commissioner of Medical and Scientific Affairs at the Food and Drug Administration, reported that the kratom supplement acts as an opioid in the brain. He added that the FDA has filed 44 cases of people died due to kratom supplement, including even young and healthy people.
For getting rid of opioid addiction, some people use kratom supplement as home remedy, while others just use for fun. Dr. Gottlieb wrote in a statement on the official website of FDA that, “Taken in total, the scientific evidence we’ve evaluated about kratom provides a clear picture of the biologic effect of this substance.”
Kratom supporters have been combating since years to remain it legal. Temporarily, kratom has been listed as Schedule 1 controlled compound by the Drug Enforcement Administration last August, but now has moved back from the decision after a yell and focused petition effort.
Gottlieb added, “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. 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.”