FDA Cracks Down on Kratom Products

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A number of kratom-containing dietary supplements are being recalled and destroyed by the manufacturer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday. Kratom — a plant that grows in Asia — poses serious health risks, according to the FDA. Earlier this month, the agency declared that kratom acts…

Herbal Drug Kratom Contains Opioids, FDA Says

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The popular botanical drug kratom essentially is an opioid, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared Tuesday. Nearly all of kratom’s major compounds bind to opioid receptors in the human brain, and two of the top five most prevalent compounds activate those receptors, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said…

How to Avoid Opioid Addiction After Surgery

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Following surgery, many patients head home with prescriptions for 30 or more opioid painkillers — enough to trigger addiction, warns a leading group of anesthesiologists. The American Society of Anesthesiologists recommends using prescription painkillers sparingly, if at all, after surgery. “Nobody needs a prescription for 30 or 50…