Kratom boosts salmonella outbreak, according to health officials in the United States linking its uses to the salmonella poisoning.
Salmonella outbreak associated to the unregulated herbal supplement – kratom, has been investigated by several states, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. People sometimes use kratom supplement for opioid withdrawal symptoms, pain and anxiety, as CDC reported on Tuesday.
The American Kratom Association said In a statement that, “FDA analysis is an unprecedented abuse of science to create a new computer program that is clearly garbage in/garbage out, avoiding the rules of the Controlled Substances Act and making unproven claims that have been proven to be untrue.”
Kratom plants are native to Malaysia, whose leaves have traditionally been used in tea for treating pain. They are also ingested in the capsules, smoked or chewed. Products made up of kratom plants are sold in the United States in the form of capsules, energy drinks, pills and powders. Kratom has different names such as Kakuam, Biak, Ketom, Thom and Thang.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of the FDA stated that, “Kratom should not be used to treat medical conditions, nor should it be used as an alternative to prescription opioid. There is no evidence to indicate that kratom is safe or effective for any medical use. There are safe and effective, FDA-approved medical therapies available for the treatment of opioid addiction. Combined with psychosocial support, these treatments are effective.”