Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

CDC warn about Kratom for Salmonella diseases

CDC warn about Kratom for Salmonella diseases

The CDC reports that it's confirmed 28 people in 20 states have contracted the strain of Salmonella, which gives people diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Though no deaths have been reported, 11 people have been hospitalized.

The FDA is also involved in the outbreak investigation, according to the agency's website.

Kratom, a plant-based opioid substitute, is listed as a drug of concern by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, though it's not banned in Nevada.

CDC officials are now investigating an outbreak of Salmonella I 4, [5], 12:b:- infections that have sprung up in 20 states. North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Utah each reported two cases while Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Dakota, New York, South Carolina and Tennessee each reported a single case, the CDC found. Gottlieb compared the substance mixes of kratom to opioids.

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. Eight of 11 sick people interviewed had consumed kratom, the announcement says, leading the CDC to believe that supplies of the supplement may have been contaminated. It issued a public health advisory in November about health risks of the herbal supplement. In the United States, kratom items are sold as powders, pills, cases and even caffeinated drinks. A member of the coffee family, kratom grows natively in Southeast Asia where its leaves are well-known for their psychoactive effects.

Kratom contains alkaloids which bind with the same opiate receptors in the brain that prescription and street opioid drugs do. Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration classified kratom as a risky opioid, prompting backlash from some scientists studying its medicinal uses and proponent of Kratom who claim the plant can relieve pain, combat fatigue and improve mood.

But because there are no FDA-approved uses of the substance, the agency can do nothing more than warn the public.

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