Is Tramadol a Narcotic?
Tramadol is not officially classified as a federal narcotic by either the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although changes can be made, as of yet, the FDA and DEA have not made any changes to the classification of Tramadol, despite the similarities it has with other drugs of the same nature, and despite the fact that it has similar addictive qualities and consequences as other drugs. Neither recognizes Tramadol as a narcotic, but they do recognize it in a class of medications called opiate agonists. Virginia and Kentucky does classify Tramadol as a federal narcotic however, as the two states of exception.
Here are some of the reasons why Tramadol is considered a narcotic:
- it binds at opiate receptors in the brain
- it has the potential for abuse
- it is easy to sell, distribute, and obtain
- it has high rates of abuse
Tramadol is not included in that category. The problem is that Tramadol continues to be perceived in this way, more and more problems with addiction or abuse may arise. Doctors should be stricter on how they distribute or prescribe Tramadol to their patients. In addition, more awareness could spread concerning the dangers of using Tramadol, such as placing warning stickers on pill bottles.
However, one of the problems is that if Tramadol is considered to be a federal narcotic by the FDA and DEA, then there would be changes to its medical use, where doctors would be limited to treat their patients who actually do need the drug for real cases of pain. The debate is ongoing, and it is hoped that in the future, more awareness is spread about the nature of these kinds of drugs.
Tramadol should be considered safe just because it is not banned. It can do as much damage as heroin, especially when mixed with other substances like alcohol or sleep aids. It can cause overdose, addiction, dependency, withdrawal symptoms, and even death. The question on whether or not Tramadol is dangerous has already been answered, and the answer is yes. The next step is to officially label it as a federal narcotic in order to be stricter on its use and distribution in the doctor's office. If not, people will continue to think it's safe and attempt to use the drug for recreational purposes.
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