Prescription painkillers are 'claiming more lives than heroin and cocaine', expert warns



A prescription painkiller is killing more people than heroin and cocaine, a leading pathologist warns.
Tramadol is 'claiming more lives than any other drug' and should be upgraded to the Class A category, an expert claims.
Taken by thousands of people each day to rid them of pain, it can be deadly when mixed with other medication or alcohol. 
Currently a Class C - deemed among the least harmful - the opiate-based drug is used to treat both moderate and severe pain.  
However, its last reclassification in 2014 made it illegal to use the drug without a prescription. 
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7 October 2016 in Health, Views: 39
Source: Daily Mail
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