CDC: Kratom products to blame for salmonella outbreak

Updated: Feb. 20, 2018 at 6:17 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - People taking a supplement known to have an opiate-like effect on users have a new warning about the product.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention workers blame kratom products for a new outbreak of salmonella infections. The outbreak spans 20 states, including Louisiana. CDC workers say kratom should not be consumed in any form because the source of salmonella contamination has not been identified.

Kratom is traditionally crushed and made into tea. In recent years, people have come up with other ways to take it. Some of those ways include chewing it, smoking it or ingesting it through a capsule.

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