Tramadol is a widely prescribed painkiller, taken by million people every day. This dangerous med claims more lives than cocaine and heroin!
Although it doesn’t pose any danger If taken correctly, it can be fatal when mixed with other meds or alcohol.
Just last year, tramadol was responsible for 33 deaths in northern Ireland.
Among them were a 16-year-old girl and a pensioner in his 70s.
“I DON’T THINK THAT PEOPLE REALISE HOW POTENTIALLY RISKY TAKING TRAMADOL IS.
I THINK IT’S BECAUSE IT’S A PRESCRIPTION MED – PEOPLE ASSUME IT’S SAFE” SAYS PROFESSOR JACK CRANE, STATE PATHOLOGIST FOR NI
Tramadol is used for treating moderate to severe pain and should be only available on prescription. However, in 2014 it was reclassified making it an illegal Class C med without prescription.
That’s why people are turning to the black market.
According to Professor Jack Crane, more people will die unless urgent action is taken, which is why he is calling for a crackdown on the illegal market.
He wants tramadol to be upgraded again, this time to Class A.
Professor Crane is set to meet Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer later this month to push for change.