FDA: Herbal opioid alternative has killed 36 people

The supplement, kratom, made from a plant native to Southeast Asia, has gained popularity in the US as a treatment for pain, anxiety and drug dependence. But the FDA warns it is dangerous.

A herbal supplement touted as an alternative to opioids has killed 36 people, federal health authorities have warned.  The supplement, kratom, made from a plant native to Southeast Asia, has gained popularity in the US as a treatment for pain, anxiety and drug dependence. Users have opposed efforts to regulate the plant, saying it could be a safer alternative to opioid pain pills that have caused an epidemic of abuse.But the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that kratom carries simila...