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posted by martyb on Wednesday February 21 2018, @07:05AM   Printer-friendly
from the SN-PSA dept.

At this time, the CDC recommends that people not consume kratom in any form because it could be contaminated with salmonella:

An outbreak of 28 salmonella infections in 20 states has been linked to kratom products, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Tuesday. Though no deaths have been reported, 11 people have been hospitalized.

[...] California had the highest number of salmonella cases (three). North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Utah each reported two cases while Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Dakota, New York, South Carolina and Tennessee each reported a single case, the CDC found.

Kratom should not be consumed in any form, the CDC said, because the source of salmonella contamination has not been identified.

Also at The Verge, STAT News, and CBS.

Previously: DEA Welcomes Kratom to the Schedule I List Beginning September 30
The Calm Before the Kratom Ban
FDA Blocks More Imports of Kratom, Warns Against Use as a Treatment for Opioid Withdrawal
FDA Labels Kratom an Opioid

Related: Opioid Commission Drops the Ball, Demonizes Cannabis

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by pipedwho on Wednesday February 21 2018, @08:00AM (2 children)

    by pipedwho (2032) on Wednesday February 21 2018, @08:00AM (#641073)

    28 over 20 States is not a cluster. It's 20 separate instances, with a couple of overlap. Since Salmonella is pretty much everywhere, it's seems a stretch that the Kratom is the root cause (in any form - ie. pill, leaf, extract, powder, - or however it is packaged).

    TFA even mentions that there are 1.4 million Salmonella related cases a year. So, somehow out of these 1.4 million, 28 people had consumed Kratom (in one of many forms according to the article) and there that must be it. Not the under cooked chicken they had earlier, or the salad prepared on the same cutting board as the raw chicken, or whatever other generally unsanitary event took place to have them spraying their guts into toilet while throwing up the rest on the floor in front of it.

    This seems like a classic shout out for causation is not equal to correlation. And in this case, I can't even image how you could even establish a correlation without a probability of error asymptotically approaching unity.

    Methinks someone is trying to demonise something they don't like. Just saying.

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  • (Score: 2) by sjames on Wednesday February 21 2018, @04:17PM (1 child)

    by sjames (2882) on Wednesday February 21 2018, @04:17PM (#641210) Journal

    And then "the authorities" wonder why people ignore them in droves.

    • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Thursday February 22 2018, @01:15AM

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Thursday February 22 2018, @01:15AM (#641544) Homepage

      I saw a Black man eat it once and he went into a sex-crazed frenzy and later got arrested for attempted rape of White women.

      Also, Kratom makes White people laugh manically and jump out third-story windows.