FDA issues strong warning against kratom, an herbal supplement used to treat pain and other conditions

The announcement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is sure to rile the group of devoted kratom users who use it to treat pain and other conditions.

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued a public health advisory about the potential risks of an herbal supplement called , warning that people who use it to treat pain in place of opioids or to wean themselves off opioids are exposing themselves to an unregulated product

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