Herbal supplement kratom linked to injuries, deaths, FDA warns

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WASHINGTON -- Federal health authorities are warning about reports of injury, addiction and death with a herbal supplement that has been promoted as an alternative to opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs.The supplement, kratom, is made from a plant native to Southeast Asia. It has gained popularity in the U.S. as a treatment for pain, anxiety and drug dependence. Users have opposed efforts to regulate the plant, saying it could be a safer alternative to opioid pain pills.But the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that kratom carries similar risks, including addiction and deat...

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