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Kratom is widely available as an herbal supplement, but users often don't know what they're getting or how strong it is.

Kratom is an herbal supplement with a cult following, but new research connects its use with vomiting, confusion, and even seizures

The supplement may have some benefits, but there's not enough research or regulation for experts to endorse its use, or even call it safe.

A ruling is imminent on the legality of a controversial drug that’s used to treat addiction — but some have called it a ‘dangerous o...

Government regulators are expected to soon rule on the legality of a controversial drug called kratom, a representative at the DEA told Business Insider.
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A mom’s newborn went into withdrawal, and doctors think a mysterious supplement with a viral following could be to blame

A woman used kratom — a plant used to curb pain and opioid cravings — while pregnant. Now, her newborn may be suffering withdrawal symptoms.

A mysterious supplement has a viral following of people who take it for addiction — and researchers say it’s too compelling to ignore

New research and a growing set of anecdotal reports suggest that a drug called kratom — touted for its ability to help with opioid addiction — may not be as universally harmful as some reports made it seem. Kratom could even have benefits, but more research is needed.
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The FDA is sounding the alarm on the next group of drugs that could be abused

To get ahead of the latest trends in drug addiction, the Food and Drug Administration sifts through internet forums and online mentions to detect concerning patterns. The agency discovered through this process that drug abuse is shifting from prescription opioids to opioid substitutes.

A mysterious ‘supplement’ with a viral following has been linked to salmonella — and the outbreak is still spreading

Kratom has been linked to a growing salmonella outbreak that now involves 132 people across 38 states. The drug is raising concern among health officials.
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A mysterious, popular ‘supplement’ has been linked to salmonella — and the FDA has issued its first mandatory recall

On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration issued its first mandatory recall after products from Triangle Pharmaceuticals were found to contain salmonella.

A mysterious ‘supplement’ with a viral following has been linked to salmonella — and the outbreak is still spreading

The CDC reported that the opioid kratom has been tied to 87 cases of salmonella, a bacterial infection from contaminated food or water.

A mysterious supplement with a viral following has been officially declared an opioid by the FDA

"As the scientific data [has] clearly revealed, compounds in kratom make it so it isn’t just a plant — it’s an opioid," FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.

A drug that claims to boost focus has been tied to 36 deaths — but you can still buy it online and from a vending machine

A pill that's been credited with delivering super-human strength, feelings of euphoria, powerful pain relief, and better focus has killed 36 people.