A renowned Northern Ireland’s pathologist reports that widely used prescription painkiller tramadol is taking more lives than any other available drug surpassing even heroin and cocaine.
He says if taken correctly, this painkiller doesn’t harm but when coupled with other drugs or alcohol, tramadol causes dangerous health problems leading to sudden death.
Northern Ireland witnessed 33 deaths due to unwise use of tramadol including the death of a 16-years-old girl and an aged pensioner who was unaware of the consequences of sing painkiller without the proper prescription.
It is a common practice that people take painkillers and antibiotics without realizing what they are taking in name of medicine and end up killing themselves unintentionally.
“I don’t think that people realize how potentially risky taking tramadol is. I think it’s because it’s a prescription drug and people assume it’s safe,” says Professor Jack Crane, a state pathologist of Northern Ireland.
Medical authorities demand that this opiate-based drug which is widely used to treat moderate to severe physical pain should only be provided upon prescription. It has already been reclassified in 2014 as Class C drug that makes it illegal without the proper prescription.
Regardless, people are turning massively to black market day by day as anti-drug campaigners report. More of, Professor Jack Crane is calling for an international crackdown on an illegal market because if urgent actions aren’t taken at the moment, more people will lose their lives to tramadol without even knowing it. He wants tramadol to be reclassified again, to Class A this time.
For the purpose, Professor Crane has arranged a meeting with Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer later this month to bring the necessary changes.
Conclusively, not many of us care enough to read the ingredients of the products we use. If it is a painkiller, it must only kill your pain but sadly, that’s not how it works. Tramadol is a killer that not only kills your pain but also kills you. Before it ruins many of our lives, let’s share the word with our friends and family.