“The extensive scientific data we’ve evaluated about kratom provides conclusive evidence that compounds contained in kratom are opioids and are expected to have similar addictive effects as well as risks of abuse, overdose and, in some cases, death. At the same time, there’s no evidence to indicate that kratom is safe or effective for any medical use.”
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The FDA claims that it’s following the evidence and acting in Americans’ best interests. “Our concerns related to this product, and the actions we’ve taken, are rooted in sound science and are in the interest of protecting public health,” it said on February 6. But in their letter, the scientists say the government is ignoring decades of research about kratom.