Kratom - the opioid withdrawal plant - linked to salmonella in 20 states

Kratom blamed for salmonella outbreak in 20 states	 	 	 			Kratom stock image

Kratom is marketed as a plant-based supplement to treat pain, anxiety and depression but its similarities to opioids have raised concerns that it can be addictive and risky.

The agency announced Tuesday that 28 people had caught the salmonella strain.

In this outbreak, California has three cases; Ohio, Oregon, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Utah each have two; and Florida, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts and North Dakota each have one. The CDC says it is not clear how it could have gotten into supplies of kratom.

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Anyone can get salmonella but children are especially at risk of illness because they are more likely to have hand-to-mouth contact and less likely to be washing their hands. The illnesses began in October 2017 and have been recorded up to January 30, 2018. The youngest victim was six years old, the oldest 67, with the median age set at 41. While the agency noted that no common brands or suppliers had been identified, eight of 11 people interviewed had consumed kratom products.

Faith Day is the creator and operator of Clean Kratom Wellness Center in Lakewood. But she is also an advocate for stronger consumer-protection rules in regard to the substance.

If you've had food poisoning, you know what Salmonella feels like. "We appreciate the cooperation of companies now marketing any kratom product for human consumption to take swift action to remove these products from circulation to protect the public".

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For these reasons, Day said, "I think state regulations should be put in place". There are now no FDA-approved therapeutic uses of kratom.

In the meantime, the CDC "recommends that people not consume kratom in any form".

According to an official statement released by the FDA, kratom may not appear as an ingredient on those product labels. In interviews the CDC conducted when it was investigating that case, seven people reported eating at the sandwich chain Jimmy John's, and all of them said they'd eaten sandwiches with raw sprouts.

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