Prescription painkiller tramadol, who has a big part of people’s life, is claiming a lot of lives than some other drug – such as heroin and cocaine – according to Northern Ireland’s top pathologist.
This painkiller can not demage your health if it is used right, but the danger increases when some of the users make a mixture of this painkiller and other drugs or maybe, alcohol.
33 deaths in Northern Ireland were connected with tramadol the last year.
Between those people, were a 16 years old girl and 70 years old pensioner.
„ I do not think that people are conscious how very risky taking the tramadol actually is. I think that maybe it is because tramadol is a prescription drug, so people assume it is safe“.
-Professor Jack Crane, STATE PATHOLOGIST FOR NI
The opiate-based drug that is used to treat not extreme or hard pain should only be reachable on prescription – in 2014 it was reclassified making it no legal Class C drug with no prescription.
Nowadays, the anti-drug campaigners say that there are a lot of people that are turning back to the black market.
Professor Jack Crane said that he is afraid of the people’s situation that they will die if urgent action is not taken and he is calling for a punishment on the illegal market.
The only thing he wants is tramadol to be upgraded to Class A.
One of the best professors – Professor Crane will be on a meeting Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer this month to make a big change.