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FDA: High levels of heavy metals found in kratom products

(HealthDay)—Dangerously high levels of heavy metals have been found in dozens of kratom products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

The agency analyzed 30 kratom products from a variety of sources and found levels of lead and nickel at concentrations that exceed safe daily intake.

Kratom is an herbal drug that many use for pain and to try to wean themselves off opioids. Long-term kratom users face the risk of heavy metal poisoning, which could include nervous system or kidney damage, anemia, or high blood pressure and/or an increased risk for certain cancers, according to the FDA.

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