• CDC study shows kratom linked to nearly 100 U.S. OD deaths

    CDC study shows kratom linked to nearly 100 U.S. OD deaths0

    Kratom, the popular but unregulated herbal supplement derived from a Southeast Asian tree, has been linked to 91 overdose deaths in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week.

    In the study, the CDC looked at data on 27,338 overdose deaths reported from 11 states from July 2016 to June 2017 and in 27 states from July 2017 to December 2017.

    Kratom was detected in postmortem toxicology testing for 152 deaths. In 91 of those cases, medical examiners or coroners concluded that kratom was the cause of death, including seven where the herbal product was the only substance found on postmortem testing.

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  • CDC study: Herbal supplement kratom is tied to more U.S. deaths that previously thought

    CDC study: Herbal supplement kratom is tied to more U.S. deaths that previously thought0

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say overdose deaths involving the herbal supplement kratom are more common than previously reported.

    A government report released Thursday said kratom was a cause in 91 overdose deaths in 27 states. Officials previously said they knew of 44 nationally.

    Most who died had also taken heroin, fentanyl or other drugs. But kratom was the only substance detected in seven of the deaths.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the numbers after combing through death certificates and toxicology reports from an 18-month period.… Continue reading.

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  • Ask Dr. Nandi: Herbal drug Kratom linked to almost 100 overdose deaths, CDC reports

    Ask Dr. Nandi: Herbal drug Kratom linked to almost 100 overdose deaths, CDC reports0

    (WXYZ) — Kratom is back in the headlines again. Last year it was linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak. Now, this over-the-counter herbal drub has been tied to almost 100 overdose deaths nationwide.

    The CDC is reporting that Kratom was the cause of death for 91 fatal overdoes. Now while that may not sound like a huge number, these deaths happened over an 18-month time period. And those numbers are more than double the FDA’s estimate of 44 kratom linked deaths since 2011.

    On top of that, what’s very worrying is that Kratom use is on the rise.

    While Kratom is being marketed to help people overcome opioid addiction, it’s also touted to help ease pain and anxiety.

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