Kratom linked to opioid deaths

Kratom Linked to Opioid Deaths But Researchers Unsure of Actual Dangers

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 — The herbal drug kratom, which U.S. drug regulators have said is essentially an opioid, has been linked to some narcotic overdose deaths, but whether it’s dangerous by itself isn’t clear.

In a new study, University of Colorado researchers reviewed 15 kratom-related deaths and found that in all but one, other opioids were present.

“When cases are considered kratom-only deaths, there really should be additional testing done, because in all of the cases we examined, we found other drugs involved when we did more comprehensive testing,” said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Monte, an associate professor of emergency medicine.

Read more: https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2019/01/03/Kratom-linked-to-opioid-deaths-but-researchers-unsure-of-actual-dangers/8971546523488/#ixzz5beVUGU5f

 

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