Oregon’s public health officer says buyers need to beware of an herbal supplement called kratom.
Kratom grows in Southeast Asia but has recently gained popularity in the U.S. for treating everything from pain to depression. It’s also used recreationally.
Oregon public health officer Dr. Katrina Hedberg said kratom is not well regulated. “People assume that because it’s natural and it’s being sold at a store it must be OK for you or healthy. And that is not the case,” Hedberg said.
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