Kratom Is Linked to a Salmonella Outbreak Across 20 States, CDC Says

Kratom a herbal supplement is a psychoactive drug derived from the leaves of the kratom plant.
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Kratom a herbal supplement is a psychoactive drug derived from the leaves of the kratom plant. Joe Raedle Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control are warning about a salmonella outbreak associated with a plant called kratom. Kratom is a plant that grows in Southeast Asia.

The CDC says the epidemiologic evidence indicates kratom as the likely source of the outbreak, however no common brands or suppliers have been identified at this time. California is reporting the highest number of cases (28). The CDC reports that it's confirmed 28 people in 20 states have contracted the strain of Salmonella, which gives people diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

Germs invade supplements, Kratom in Salmonella as health representatives have warned Americans not to consume Kratom. Unfortunately, that reality is being reflected in shipments of kratom products contaminated with salmonella. Eight of those11 people reported taking kratom in pills, powder or tea. Generally, any dietary supplement containing kratom would need to be the subject of a New Dietary Ingredient Notification demonstrating that the product will reasonably be expected to be safe.

Kratom does, in fact, have some of the same effects on the brain as opioid drugs, which is why it is used by some as a natural pain reliever.

In the meantime, the Drug Enforcement Administration is looking at restriction on the sales of kratom, which is available online.

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Gottlieb acknowledged that some may be using kratom to wean themselves off of more powerful opioids.

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had found evidence of opioid compounds in kratom, and said that its own investigation, taken together with other chemical studies 'have clearly revealed, compounds in kratom make it so it isn't just a plant - it's an opioid'.

Then, last month, FDA agents made five visits over the span of a week to Clean Kratom Wellness Center, created and operated by Day, on suspicion that the business has been making improper medical claims about the herb. Day, a former heroin addict who used kratom to kick the habit, energetically denies this assertion. There are now no FDA-approved therapeutic uses of kratom.

"I want to be clear on one fact: there are now no FDA-approved therapeutic uses of kratom", Gottlieb said. The outbreak, which began in October, has resulted in at least 11 people being admitted to hospitals for treatment, but no deaths have been reported.

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