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FDA Warns People About Kratom

Simple Path Recovery on July 29, 2019

Warnings Against The Drug Kratom 

Just recently the Food and Drug Administration issued two warnings to two separate businesses claiming that “Kratom” can cure and treat opioid addiction. This illegal marketing scam has since brought attention to this drug which is not manufactured in the United States and is not approved by the FDA.

What Is Kratom?

Kratom is a tropical tree found native in Southeast Asia whose leaves produce a psychotropic (mind-altering) effects when ingested. It is currently an illegal substance, but many have easily purchased the drug online. It is sometimes sold as a green powder in a packet labeled “not for human consumption,” it can also be found in gum, capsules, and extracts.1


A Warning to All Users

Although some say Kratom can reduce the side effects of an opioid withdrawal and as well as relive pain, the FDA announced that the drug affects the brain receptors the same way morphine does and can lead to a future of drug abuse and addiction. Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless said, “Despite our warnings, companies continue to sell this dangerous product and make deceptive medical claims that are not backed by science or any reliable scientific evidence.”2

There have been many warnings issued by the FDA against Kratom, detailing the negative side effects like dizziness, coma, breathing-related issues, and even death. Kratom was also linked to a multi-state salmonella outbreak.3 Marketing Kratom as a potential opioid treatment is a dangerous claim when users instead should find a licensed drug detox center. California-based Cali Botanicals and North Carolina-based KratomNC are putting claims out there that are fictitious and dangerous to make. Dr. Ned Sharpless said, “As we work to combat the opioid crisis, we cannot allow unscrupulous vendors to take advantage of consumers by selling products with unsubstantiated claims that they can treat opioid addiction or alleviate other medical conditions.”2

Moving Forward

Since the FDA issued the warnings, Cali Botanicals has removed its webpage about Kratom treating opioid addiction. As of right now, KratomNC hasn’t changed anything and the false descriptions are still on the company’s website.

At Simple Path Recovery, we are here to help you or your loved one with an opioid addiction. We offer a unique approach to addiction and have support groups for not just you, but the family as well. To learn more or to get the treatment and help you need, contact us and speak to one of our addiction specialists.


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse – What Is Kratom?
  2. CNBC – FDA issues warnings to companies that claim an herbal drug can cure opioid addiction
  3. Food and Drug Administration – FDA and Kratom
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