Millions of people over the world are taking over-the-counter prescription painkillers on daily basis, but believe it or not, these drugs are taking more lives than any other, even more than heroine and cocaine, according to a research.
While painkillers don’t cause harm to the body if taken properly, the majority of its users take it along with other drugs or alcohol. Statistics have shown that more than 33 deaths in Northern Ireland were linked with tramadol alone.
This is why it is highly important to raise awareness of how potentially risky taking the drug is, as people assume it is safe just because it is a prescription drug.
Tromadol, the opiate-based drug is most often used to treat moderate or severe pain, which should only be available with a prescription, but it was reclassified in 2014, classifying it as an illegal Class C drug without prescription. As a result, many anti-drug campaigners claim that a large group of people turn to the black market to obtain it.
A professor by the name of Jack Crane has spoken out publicly, saying he fears more people will die unless urgent action is taken and he is calling for a crackdown on the illegal market.
His goal is to upgrade tramadol to a Class A drug.
Professor Crane is currently set to meet the Chief Medical Officer in Northern Ireland to push for this change.