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Herbal Supplement Kratom is Tied to More US Deaths in 27 States including MN

Herbal Supplement Kratom is Tied to More US Deaths in 27 States including MN Photo: MGNonline.

April 14, 2019 08:57 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A new Centers for Disease report released last week shows that Minnesotans are some of those who died from overdose deaths involving a Southeast Asian herbal supplement known as Kratom.

The report outlines that these deaths are more common than previously reported.

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According to an AP wire story, a government report released Thursday said kratom was a cause in 91 overdose deaths in 27 states.

Officials previously said they knew of 44 nationally.
    
Most who died had also taken heroin, fentanyl or other drugs. But kratom was the only substance detected in seven of the deaths.
    
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the numbers after combing through death certificates and toxicology reports from an 18-month period.
    
Kratom comes from a plant native to Southeast Asia. It is sold in capsules and powders with claims that it helps ease pain, anxiety and drug dependence.
    
Officials say it causes euphoric effects like the opioid drugs behind the current nationwide overdose epidemic.

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