Kratom, which has been linked to many deaths in the US, has been grown in Southeast Asia for centuries. There, people drink a tea made from the herb, with no ill effects. Why the difference?
Americans love their supplements, but some of the products are contaminated with heavy metals, bacteria and toxic fungi. The FDA has little control because of a law passed in 1994.
Complaints about the ban of kratom, often used by recovering opiate addicts, have been vociferous, but not always backed by facts.