FDA Says Kratom is a Dangerous Opioid

After careful consideration, the FDA declared kratom to be a dangerous opioid. This is a step closer to kratom being scheduled as an illegal substance and it’s generating a backlash from many proponents of the drug. In 2016, the DEA banned kratom by making it a controlled substance but the decision was reversed after a significant public outcry.

Recently, new research has shown that kratom’s effect on the brain is almost identical to other opioids. Based on new evidence and careful assessments, the FDA made an announcement about the dangers of kratom in an effort to get people to stop using it.

“Kratom should not be used to treat medical conditions, nor should it be used as an alternative to prescription opioids. There is no evidence to indicate that kratom is safe or effective for any medical use.” — Dr. Scott Gottlieb, FDA Commissioner

The FDA says that kratom is a dangerous opioid because it causes addiction and withdrawal symptoms just like other opioids such as oxycodone and heroin. The agency has documented instances in which kratom was a contributing factor in the overdose deaths of at least 44 individuals. While kratom is being used by many addicts as a home remedy for opioid addiction, we must also understand that it has a dangerous side that can possibly be lethal if abused regularly. Scientific evaluation of kratom is beginning to paint a clearer picture of a drug that’s very similar to traditional opioids in strength and the potential for a physical dependence.

At Long Island Interventions, we do believe that kratom addiction is a problem and that people should consult addiction professionals when searching for substance abuse treatment. There are many FDA-approved medications when it comes to treating opioid dependence such as buprenorphine and methadone, and it’s recommended to enroll in an evidence-based therapy program. We’ve seen people become physically addicted to kratom after daily use and often it’s difficult to stop using on your own.

We’ve partnered up with treatment centers that are knowledgeable in kratom dependence and how to treat it. While kratom withdrawal is less severe compared to traditional opioids, it is no walk in the park by any means. While under the guidance of a solution-focused drug rehab center, we assist people that struggle with kratom abuse. If you’re using kratom to “ween off” stronger opiates and feel that kratom could be making things worse, then it probably is. It’s always best to talk to a specialist so you can see what’s the recommended course of action in your situation to safely get off all opiates once and for all.

Whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, our recovery advocates can help you find the appropriate treatment center for your situation. Many people who develop a substance use disorder find it very difficult to stop using without professional help. If you or someone you know is looking for a detoxdrug rehabintervention, or outpatient drug rehab, our addiction resource center can help.

Long Island Interventions provides an opportunity for those struggling with substance abuse to recover safely. We believe in Long Island drug treatment programs that are solution-focused and evidence-based and our recovery advocates have decades of combined experience.

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