FDA calls kratom an ‘opioid’ and warns against using the supplement

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb called the popular herbal supplement kratom an 'opioid' in a new statement and says it should not be used to treat medical conditions.
Kratom capsules Source: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration launched the latest attack on Tuesday in a drawn-out war between regulators and patients over the safety of a popular herbal supplement called kratom, branding the plant a dangerous drug.

“Compounds in kratom make it so it isn’t just a plant — it’s an opioid,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb declared in a statement.

Some users have argued that kratom is a safe way to treat pain and wean oneself off opioids, but the

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