Compounds in Kratom are Opioids, FDA Claims

Excerpt: (CNN) US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned the public about the herbal supplement kratom in a statement on Tuesday, saying “There is no evidence to indicate that kratom is safe or effective for any medical use” and likening its chemical compounds to opioids.

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But researchers who study the plant, including Scott Hemby, say the agency is making too broad of a statement. Hemby chairs the Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences at High Point University in North Carolina and has been researching the abuse liability or “addictiveness” of kratom.

Full article:http://www.cnn.com/2018/02/06/health/fda-kratom-opioid-bn/index.html


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