As part of the Trump administration’s plan to aggressively fight the nation’s opioid addiction crisis, the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) has also decided to go after an herbal supplement. This morning, the head of the government agency, Scott Gottlieb, issued an advisory statement to consumers about the potential danger and addictive nature of kratom.
With 36 deaths supposedly linked to kratom and an increase of calls to poison control centers, the plant is now on the FDA’s radar. According to Gottlieb’s statement, the agency fears the use of kratom comes with some possible dangers and the potential to be abused like opioids.
“Over the past several years, a botanical substance known as kratom has raised significant concerns given its increasing prevalence and potential safety risks. Today, the agency issued a public health advisory related to the FDA’s mounting concerns regarding risks associated with the use of kratom.”