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The FDA has warned two kratom companies once more to stop illegally advertising and selling their products as opioid addiction treatments.
On Tuesday, the agency announced that it had sent letters to both Cali Botanicals and Kratom NC, which have made unproven claims that their kratom can alleviate opioid withdrawal symptoms, anxiety and more.
Fact - Food - Drug - Administration - FDA
In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed that kratom behaves like an opioid and has been the cause of death for 91 people in the US.
The FDA's warning letters demand that the two companies prove that they are taking steps to remove these false health claims from its products, stop selling them or face legal action.
Opioid - Withdrawal - Things - Drugs
Opioid withdrawal is described as hellacious, and that is one of the things that makes the drugs so difficult to quit.
Most public health officials agree that the most effective treatment for opioid addiction is medication-assisted therapy(MAT), which uses drugs like suboxone and buprenorphine to ease withdrawal symptoms.
Kratom - Medications - People - Addiction
Kratom is not one of the medications approved to help people overcome opioid addiction.
It is, unfortunately, more easily accessible than approved MAT drugs, for which patients need a prescription.
Substances - Supplement - Properties - FDA - Considers
Some substances in the plant-derived supplement have opioid properties and the FDA considers it dangerous.
But there's no data to suggest that kratom, a powder made from the Mitragyna speciosa plant, combats withdrawals or addiction.
Plant - Thailand - Indonesia - Malaysia
The plant grows wild in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. It was historically used...
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