Kratom is a herbal supplement in the US that has resulted in 91 deaths in 27 states across US in just 18 months!
According to a government report released on Thursday, the officials previously only knew of 44 deaths but later realized that overdose deaths were more common than previously reported.
Most who died had also taken heroin, fentanyl or other drugs. But kratom was the only substance detected in seven of the deaths.
In 2017, Kratom had only been associated with 36 deaths. The U.S Food and Drug administration had warned, “It’s very troubling to the FDA that patients believe they can use kratom to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms. There is no reliable evidence to support the use of kratom as a treatment for opioid use disorder. Patients addicted to opioids are using kratom without dependable instructions for use and more importantly, without consultation with a licensed health care provider about the product’s dangers, potential side effects or interactions with other drugs.”
Kratom has been linked to seiures, liver damage and withdrawal symptoms which makes its usage very dangerous. After combining death certificates and toxilogy reports, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported the actual amounts of deaths.
The supplement originates from a plant in Southeast Asia and claims to ease pain, anxiety and drug dependence. According to officials, the drug sold in capsules results in opioid like euphoric effects. It can cause seizures, liver damage and severe withdrawal symptoms and has been linked to deaths in the past.