The pain reliever prescribed by tramadol, which hundreds of thousands of people take a day, is killing more people than any other drug, including heroin and cocaine.
The pain reliever does no harm if taken correctly, but it becomes very dangerous when mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Last year, there were 33 deaths in Northern Ireland related to tramadol alone. Among the dead was a 16-year-old girl and a 70-year-old retiree. The opioid-based medicine is used to treat moderate or severe pain and should only be taken with a prescription. In 2014, it was classified as an illegal class “C” opiate drug, not dispensable 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 no longer get prescriptions because they have finished treatment or because their doctor has prescribed another medication.
“Being a drug so commonly used and prescribed, I don’t think people realize the potential risk they have when taking Tramadol without medical supervision,” explains Professor Jack Crane, a pathologist in the state of Northern Ireland.
Crane requires that the Tramadol rating be updated again to be upgraded to class “A”.
Pain control: tolerance and dependence
Some drugs used to treat pain can be addictive. Addiction is different from addiction or physical tolerance. In cases of physical addiction, 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 relievers.
People who take opioid medications for a long period of time may develop tolerance and physical dependence, although this does not mean that they are addicted. In general, addiction occurs only in a small percentage of people when narcotics are used with adequate medical supervision.
Opioid analgesics with effects similar to those of opium or morphine can be very addictive and work by binding 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.
Some names of opiate drugs:
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