News stories about kratom, an herbal ‘opioid alternative,’ wrongly prioritize propaganda over science

Wouldn’t it be great if a safe and readily available plant could help curb opioid addiction?

There hasn’t been a lot of research on mitragyna speciosa, also known as kratom.

That’s the idea being promoted by a group called the American Kratom Association (AKA), which has been campaigning to block a federal ban of the Southeast Asian herb due to safety concerns.

The association — which won’t disclose its funding sources and has attempted to discredit government scientists as...

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