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Kratom overdoses are on the rise, with serious adverse outcomes

KEY POINT

Exposure to kratom has skyrocketed in recent years, with overdoses resulting in adverse effects such as agitation/irritability, tachycardia, and even death, according to an analysis published in Clinical Toxicology of kratom exposures reported to poison control centers in the United States over a 7-year period.

SOURCES

Post S, et al. Kratom exposures reported to United States poison control centers: 2011–17. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2019;[Epub ahead of print].

FDA. FDA and kratom. www.fda.gov/news-events/public-health-focus/fda-and-kratom. Accessed May 5, 2019.