FDA Analysis Shows Kratom Not "Just a Plant"

FDA Analysis Shows Kratom Not

The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, makes it more likely that the supplement, kratom, could be banned by the federal government.

"The model shows us that kratom compounds are predicted to affect the body just like opioids", Gottlieb said.

Forty-four deaths have been linked to the drug, according to the agency, and the majority of the cases involve the patient ingesting Kratom with another substance, like alcohol.

The association estimates that 3 million to 5 million people in the United States have used kratom or are doing so.

"Based on the scientific information in the literature and further supported by our computational modeling and the reports of its adverse effects in humans, we feel confident in calling compounds found in kratom, opioids", Gottlieb said.

Dr. Gottlieb concluded that there is no evidence to support kratom's safety or efficacy in any medical use.

Gottlieb said the FDA has been especially concerned about kratom's use to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms, and warned against it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an opioid is a natural or synthetic chemical that interacts with opioid receptors.

US House passes stopgap spending bill to avert shutdown
That was a turnaround from Tuesday, when Trump had said he would "love" a shutdown if he did not get his way on immigration. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been holding a fake filibuster of sorts, speaking since just after 10 a.m.

Kratom, which is sometimes used for recreation, can produce a feeling of euphoria.

Kratom is now legal under federal law, but FDA inspectors have been seizing and destroying shipments at global mail facilities for months.

Hunter added that some synthetic opioids are derived from materials found in coal tar.

"The last thing our country needs is another opioid", said Dr. Many patients are drawn to the drug to help ease pain, depression or kick and opioid addiction.

Henningfield, who has done work for the nonprofit American Kratom Association, argued late previous year that the substance's "overall abuse potential and risk of death isn't anything close to narcotics like opioids", and warned that restricting or banning it could drive some people onto the black market to buy it or push them back to opioids.

The FDA analyzed the chemical structures of the 25 most prevalent compounds in kratom. That's 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 herbal supplement is sold in the form of pills, powders, capsules, crushed tea leaves, even energy drinks, found anywhere from gas stations to small street shops.

"When you take it, there's a noticeable relief [of pain]; it's not a high", said Kyle Van Pelt, 26, who takes kratom for chronic pain from a back injury.

Related News:



Most liked

Pentagon weighing options for US military parade - Mattis
The Post reported that the parade could be held on Pennsylvania Avenue, which links the Capitol and the White House. Typically, those large-scale events do not see displays of military equipment, as seen in the French parade .

Twitter, Pornhub and Reddit ban 'deepfake' AI edited pornography videos
San Francisco, California-based Reddit has also updated its policy on involuntary pornography and the sexualization of minors. Earlier this week Pornhub banned deepfakes saying it classifies these sorts of videos as nonconsensual porn.

The dangers of a 'bloody nose' for North Korea
Addressing Trump's repeated threats to North Korea , the paper said that its country stood ready to fend off any potential attack.

BHU, Jamia Milia Islamia ranked among top 350 Asian universities
The National University of Singapore holds on to the overall number one spot after improving its scores in nearly all areas. It is also the only university to have made it to the THE's World University Rankings.

Trump rips investors over stock market dive: 'Big mistake'
On Tuesday, it swung almost 1,200 points from its low to its high before finishing up 567 points, or 2.3%. Ivanka Trump has urged her father to bring on a strong ally to defend him, according to Sherman.

RBI Leaves Key Repo Rate Unchanged, But Notes Rising Risks To Inflation
In the last few months, surging energy prices have caused the inflation rate to rise beyond the RBI's target. There is "need for vigilance around the evolving inflation scenario in the coming months", it said.

United Kingdom retailer Tesco faces $5.6 bn declare over unequal pay for girls
The final bill for Tesco could be as high as £4bn if the lawsuit is successful. She said it was a problem that had been "hiding in plain sight" for years.

Ozzy Osbourne to retire
Osbourne was the vocalist of Black Sabbath, but his upcoming performances will exclusively be about him. When the tour is over, he hopes to produce a new album and will play gigs when the opportunity arises.

Penguins Offense Spoils Marc-Andre Fleury's Return to Pittsburgh
Tonight was about Fleury facing his former team; so it's time to take a look at how everyone has done against their old teams. Though he missed time with a concussion this season, he's a major reason that Vegas leads the Western Conference standings.

Traders Secrets on Ford Motor Company (F), Apple Inc. (AAPL)
About 50,000 USA hourly employees will share the maker's success with profit-sharing checks averaging $11,750 apiece. The stock of General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) earned "Sell" rating by Goldman Sachs on Monday, October 30.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trade Rumors: LeBron James Might Not Get Help Before Deadline
Simmons made seven of eight shots in his 22-point quarter, finishing the period with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie it at 92. So, the media was more interested in talking to LeBron about the trade rumors that floated around earlier in the day.

Drake Visits Miami High School to Film Music Video
Drake showed up to present her with the check after reading an essay she submitted to receive a scholarship previous year . Destiny Paris James opened up about her experience meeting Drake and receiving a hefty sum of money for her education.

Super Bowl audience dips from past year , early data shows
The president didn't say which team he was rooting for. "Best I've ever heard!" They took to Twitter to congratulate the family. He was one of five or six people that were like that. "A friend of mine, Bob Kraft, called me last night".

With caution, take Nunes memo seriously
The panel is conducting one of several investigations into whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election. The FBI and Justice Department deny they've done anything wrong, and they opposed the public release of the memo.

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Teaser Takes Flight With Millennium Falcon
The film features Woody Harrelson's character Beckett informing Solo and Chewbacca that he's putting together a team. The full trailer is expected to be shown during Good Morning America on ABC the day after the Super Bowl.