Have you ever heard that prescription drugs kill as many people as cocaine and heroin?
The best pathologist who works in Northern Ireland, Professor Jack Crane, says that the widely prescribed painkiller, Tramadol, is connected with a large influx of deaths.
He says that Tramadol is actually upgraded to a Class A drug, without prescription.
According to Professor Crane, if someone is taking Tramadol as prescribed and if he follows all the rules, he will be fine, but if it is combined with other prescribed drugs or alcohol, it is deadly.
Some people are not aware how harmful Tramadol is, and they think that it is safe just because the drug is prescribed- says Professor Crane.
Last year, Tramadol was related to 33 deaths in Northern Ireland. Among the people who died last year was a 16-year-old girl.
Tramadol is used for the treatment of severe pain and patients can buy it with a prescription. According to some anti-drug campaigners, the number of people who are turning to the black market is growing rapidly every day.
A similar situation is happening in America with their most prescribed painkillers Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. They are extremely addictive and people are getting addicted to Oxycodone and Hydrocodone to the point where it should be called an epidemic.