Prescription painkiller Tramadol ‘claiming more lives than any other drug’ October 8th, 2016 jmr jmr Latest News Shares Comments Prescription painkiller Tramadol ‘claiming more lives than any other drug’ 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. The painkiller doesn’t cause harm if taken correctly, but the danger rises when users mix it with other drugs or alcohol. Last year, 33 deaths in Northern Ireland were linked to Tramadol. Among them were a 16-year-old girl and a pensioner in his 70s. I don’t think that people realise how potentially risky taking Tramadol is. I think it’s because it’s a prescription drug – people assume it’s safe. – PROFESSOR JACK CRANE, STATE PATHOLOGIST FOR NI The opiate-based drug used to treat moderate or severe pain should only be available on prescription – it was reclassified in 2014 making it an illegal Class C drug without prescription. But anti-drug campaigners say more and more people are turning to the black market. Professor Jack Crane has spoken out to say he fears more people will die unless urgent action is taken and he is calling for a crackdown on the illegal market. He wants Tramadol to be upgraded again, this time to Class A. Professor Crane is now set to meet Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer later this month to push for change. Report courtesy of ITV. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook www.facebook.com/Otsnews-Southport-1575528676012039/ Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to email@example.com – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Related Comments comments!