It has recently been found that a common prescription drug is causing the death of more people than any other drug.
The prescription drug, named tramadol, is an effective painkiller used by thousands of people everyday, but according to Northern Ireland’s pathologist, Professor Jack Crane, it is taking more lives than any other drug including heroin and cocaine.
Crane claimed that people assume that the painkiller carries no risk because it’s a prescription drug, and therefore people assume that it is safe.
However, tramadol took the lives of 33 people in Northern Ireland last year, amongst them a girl who was just 16 years old, and a pensioner in his 70s. Whilst the painkiller is harmless when taken correctly, it has been found that danger arises when the users of this drug mix it with other drugs or alcohol.
In 2014 the drug, which is used to treat moderate to severe pain, was reclassified to make it an illegal Class C drug without a prescription, demonstrating its strength and the potential harm that it can cause if not taken correctly and for a certified cause.
However, according to anti-drug campaigners, an increasing number of people are turning to the black market to obtain the drug, therefore taking the substance when it is not required, and therefore also not taking it correctly, without professional precautions stating not to mix it with other substances or alcohol.
A fearful Professor Jack Crane has announced that he believes that more people will die unless urgent action is taken and the harmful repercussions of taking the prescription painkiller are more widely publicised, whilst calling for a crackdown on the illegal drug market.
He even goes so far as to suggest that tramadol should be upgraded to a Class A drug.
Professor Crane will meet Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer in the next few weeks to voice his strong opinions on the much-needed uplisting of the popular drug and a change on the way that the drug’s extremely harmful side-effects are publicised.
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