The tramadol prescription pain reliever that hundreds of thousands of people take every day kills more than any other drug, including heroin and cocaine.
The painkiller is not harmful if taken correctly, but becomes very dangerous when mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Last year, there were 33 deaths in Northern Ireland related only to tramadol. Among the dead were a 16-year-old girl and a 70-year-old retiree. The opioid drug is used to treat moderate to severe pain and should only be taken with a prescription. In 2014, it was classified as an illegal “C” class opioid and can not be dispensed without a prescription.
The problem is that many people are already addicted to tramadol and are turning to the black market to get it because they can not get more prescriptions for completing their treatment or because their doctor has prescribed another medicine.
“Being a drug as commonly used and prescribed, I do not think people realize the potential risk they are having when they take Tramadol without medical supervision,” says Professor Jack Crane, a pathologist from the Irish state of North.
Crane requires that the Tramadol classification be updated again so that it is updated to class “A”.
Pain management: tolerance and dependence
Some medications used to treat pain can be addictive. Dependence is different from physical dependence or tolerance. In case of physical dependence, withdrawal symptoms occur when a substance is suddenly suspended. Tolerance occurs when the initial dose of a substance loses its effectiveness over time. Addiction is a psychological and behavioral response that some people develop with the use of narcotic pain medication.
People taking opioid medications over a long period of time may develop tolerance and physical dependence, although this does not mean that they are dependent. In general, dependence occurs only in a small percentage of people when narcotic drugs are used with adequate medical care.
Opioid analgesics with effects similar to those of opium or morphine can be highly addictive and work by adhering to receptors in the brain, which blocks the sensation of pain.
They should not be used for more than 3 or 4 months, unless it is done under the direct supervision of your doctor.
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