In recent years, Kratom has become an opiates alternative treatment for pain by some doctors. The US FDA has now ruled Kratom to be a potential killer. To date, the herbal drug has been linked to 36 deaths and it's side effects include: liver damage, withdrawal, and seizures.
For more information see the official announcement made by the FDA on November 14th, 2017. Link below.
CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opiates for Chronic Pain with Urine Drug Testing — United States, 2016
On March 18, 2016 the CDC released new guidelines for prescribing Opiates for chronic pain and also some helpful information on how urine drug screening plays a key role.From the CDC, "When prescribing opioids for chronic pain, clinicians should use urine drug testing before starting opioid therapy and consider urine drug testing at least annually to [...]