Prescription painkiller tramadol, taken by thousands of people every day, is claiming more lives than any other drug – including heroin and cocaine – according to Northern Ireland’s top pathologist.
Tramadol isn’t dangerous on its own but can be lethal when mixed with other medications or alcohol.
Tramadol is an opiate based drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. Without a prescription, it is a Class C illegal drug.
However, Professor Jack Crane, State Pathologist for Northern Ireland, said it was deadlier than heroin or morphine.
Painkiller Tramadol Can Be Very Serious Threat For Your Life!
People Assume It’s Safe
Speaking to ITV, Prof. Crane said the drug claimed more lives in Northern Ireland than any other.
“The view perhaps is that people die from taking drugs like heroin and morphine and so forth,” he explained.
“But our work shows that in fact, tramadol is the big one. It’s the killer.
“I don’t think that people realize how potentially risky taking tramadol is,” he added.
“I think it’s because it’s a prescription drug – people assume it’s safe.”
In 2001 just two people died from taking the drug in Northern Ireland, however, Prof. Crane’s research shows this number rose to 33 last year.
The youngest victim was 16, and the oldest in their 70s. Across Britain as a whole, 240 deaths were linked to tramadol in 2014, just behind 247 for cocaine and 952 for heroin and/or morphine.
“If it is killing so many people in Northern Ireland we have to have stricter controls on its use,” he added. “Part of the difficulty is these people [who take tramadol] progressively lapse into a coma, and often those around the individual don’t realize that there’s anything wrong.
“They just assume the person has fallen asleep, but in fact that sleep is a coma and that coma is potentially life threatening.”
And not only in Northern Ireland, the painkiller tramadol kills many people around the world if it is taken improperly.
Always consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Sources: The Health Awareness, I-News The Essential Daily Briefing, Metro.