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Salmonella outbreak in 20 states linked to kratom consumption

Kratom, a drug the FDA recently said it considered an opioid, is now to blame for salmonella infections across the U.S.
Source: Mary Esch/AP

A popular herbal supplement that some people use in lieu of powerful opioid drugs has been linked to an outbreak of salmonella, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

So far 28 people in 20 states are believed to have been sickened by contaminated , a plant native to Southeast Asia that’s variously ingested as pills or powder or brewed into tea. Eleven people have been hospitalized.

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