CDC warning links kratom to salmonella outbreak across 20 states

Kratom supplements have a new side effect: Salmonella

Salmonella Infections Linked to Kratom (CDC

In a recent FDA statement, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, shared additional associated adverse events and scientific analysis of the plant with further evidence on kratom's opioid properties.

Kratom ought not be expended in any frame, the CDC stated, in light of the fact that the wellspring of salmonella sullying has not been recognized. Kratom is not a synthetic substance.

As of February 16, there have been 20 states to report that 28 people are infected with the outbreak strain, 11 people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.

The CDC is urging Kratom users to stop taking the plant in any form because the source of the contamination has not been identified.

Native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa, is a plant that is typically crushed and made into a tea as a means to treat pain; it can also be chewed, smoked, or ingested in capsules.

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Symptoms of a salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The agency noted that their investigation into the outbreak is ongoing.

State and federal officials are investigating the outbreak but have not yet identified specific kratom brands or suppliers. A member of the coffee family, kratom grows natively in Southeast Asia where its leaves are well-known for their psychoactive effects. "Eight (73 percent) of 11 people interviewed reported consuming kratom in pills, powder, or tea", the CDC said.

To this end, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health advisory back in November of 2017 warning consumers not to use kratom.

"Cases of mixing kratom, other opioids and other types of medication is extremely troubling because the activity of kratom at opioid receptors indicates there may be similar risks of combining kratom with certain drugs, just as there are with FDA-approved opioids", Gottlieb said.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) tried to have the substance classified as a Schedule 1 drug - alongside heroin, ecstasy and marijuana - in 2016, but the attempt was met with public outrage, and Congress urged authorities to allow the public to comment on kratom before outlawing it.

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