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Drug experts call for stronger regulation of tramadol to reduce misuse

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 25 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1264
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

The UK government should make the analgesic tramadol a controlled class C substance that carries a potential fine and prison sentence for anyone found using it without a prescription or dealing in the drug, an expert group has said.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs made its recommendation after conducting a review in response to the rise in deaths from misuse of the drug.1

Tramadol is a synthetic opioid that is not currently classified under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, which controls the availability of drugs considered to be have potential for harm and misuse.

If the government adopts the recommended change, anyone convicted of …

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