You are missing a great deal of the Kratom situation, then. Google is your friend. The FDA has been engaged in an escalating full fledged war upon it for some time now. The most authoritative source on Kratom (who is not aligned with the FDA and it’s minions) is:
Jane Babin; Ph.D., Esq. J.D., Univ of San Diego School of Law; Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Purdue Univ:
This commentary summarizes animal toxicology data, surveys and mortality data associated with opioids and kratom to provide a basis for estimating relative mortality risk. Population-level mortality estimates attributed to opioids as compared to kratom, and the per user mortality risks of opioids as compared to kratom are provided. By any of our assessments, it appears that the risk of overdose death is >1000 times greater for opioids than for kratom.
Source: “Risk of death associated with kratom use compared to opioids” (November, 2019)
(April 16, 2019): “A Reply to CDC Report on Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths with Kratom Detected; appropriate regulation of kratom and improved postmortem testing protocols are needed immediately”:
“FDA Fails to Follow the Science on Kratom”, Jane Babin (August, 2018): https://www.americankratom.org/images/file/Document%2012%20FDA%20Fails%20to%20Follow%20the%20Science%20-%20Babin%20-%20August%202018.pdf
“The FDA Kratom Death Data: Exaggerated Claims, Discredited Research, and Distorted Data Fail to Meet the Evidentiary Standard for Placing Kratom as a Schedule I Controlled Substance”, Jane Babin (Mar 2018):