FDA's New Warning on Kratom: What Makes Something an Opioid?

FDA's New Warning on Kratom: What Makes Something an Opioid?

The herbal supplement kratom contains compounds that can be considered opioids, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week. But what exactly makes something an "opioid"? On Tuesday (Feb. 6), FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb announced the results of new research suggesting that kratom compounds affect the body just like opioids do. Using a computer model, FDA researchers found that most of the compounds in kratom bind to opioid receptors in the body. Gottlieb also said the FDA has received reports of 44 deaths involving kratom. Kratom, also known as Mitragyna speciosa, is a plant that grows in Thailand,...

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