Prescription painkiller Tramadol ‘claiming more lives than any other drug’
Thousands of people around the world take the prescription painkiller tramadol on a daily basis, but this drug is claiming more lives than any other drug, including heroin and cocaine, the Northern Ireland’s top pathologist claims.
This drug is not that harmful if taken appropriately, but the danger increases when people who use it mix it with other drugs or alcohol.
The previous year, there were 33 death cases in Northern Ireland related to tramadol.
Some of these death cases included a sixteen year old girl and a pensioner in his seventies.
Professor Jack Crane, a state pathologist, said for NI that people are not really aware of how possibly risky taking tramadol is.
He also stated that the reason behind this is the fact that tramadol is prescription drug, so people assume it is safe.
This drug is based on opiates and is being used for treating moderate or severe pain. Tramadol should be available only on prescription, but it was reclassified in 2014 and it became an illegal Class C drug without prescription.
However, according to the anti-drug campaigners, more and more people are turning to the black market.
Professor Jack Crane has decided to speak out in order to inform people, as he fears that many of them will die unless urgent action is taken. This is why he is calling for a crackdown on the illegal market.
As he says, tramadol needs to e upgraded again, this time to Class A.
Professor Crane is supposed to meet the Chief Medical Officer of Northern Ireland and ask him to change some things linked to this drug.
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