From EB: Tramadol is widely used in nursing homes, but is it the most dangerous drug in the world?

This article says yes.

Tramadol: The most dangerous drug in the world

image (cropped) courtesy of Frankie Leon (Flickr)

Imagine a prescription medication that relieves pain just as well as narcotics like Oxycontin, but isn’t addictive. Too good to be true?

Turns out, yes.

For years, that was the case with Tramadol, a synthetic opioid drug that was released in 1995 under the brand name Ultram to great expectations. This new drug seemed to offer all the benefits of more powerful, more addictive drugs, but with fewer of the downsides of dependency — at least in clinical trials. This was apparently in part because trials examined tramadol use by injection, but it is manufactured — and far more potent — in pill form.

And if the drug was unlikely to make people dependent, it was not likely to be abused, unlike other opioid alternatives like Vicodin (also known as Norco), Percocet — let alone be as dangerous as high potency opioid medications like morphineDilaudid, or Fentanyl.

So for many years, Tramadol was widely prescribed by doctors as a “safer” alternative to narcotics for pain. The difference between narcotics and opioids is subtle, but opioids are natural or synthetically made drugs that function metabolically in the body like opium derivatives derived from poppy plant, while narcotics is more often used as a legal term, classifying drugs that blur the senses and produce euphoria, including cocaine and other non-opiates.

Indeed, unlike other opioid drugs, the Drug Enforcement Agency didn’t classify Tramadol as a controlled substance, because the FDA believed it had a low potential for abuse.

Though there were concerns about tramadol abuse in the years after release, the FDA repeatedly determined that the drug was not being widely abused, and so left it as an unscheduled drug.

This made Tramadol a particularly dangerous drug — because it was, in fact, highly addictive and prone to abuse. But because it was easier to obtain and had less concerns from physicians, it was more widely prescribed. Over the years, as often happens, a difference between clinical trials and the real world started to emerge. Emergency rooms began to report a growing number of overdoses related to Tramadol, even as the number of prescriptions soared, especially after the drug went off patent and cheaper generic versions became available in 2009. In 2013, nearly 45 million prescriptions for tramadol were written for patients in the U.S., nearly doubling in just five years.

In fact, one of the reason people like taking Tramadol is because for some people it works as an antidepressant, producing euphoria or energy, unlike other opioids which tend to make people drowsy. This has led it being used recreationally, while people still go to work or live their daily lives.

The problem didn’t just emerge in the U.S. Tramadol has become a widely available and widely abused drug across the world, as a recent report in the Wall Street Journal spelled out, pointing out horrible abuse in African nations of Cameroon and Nigeria. Ireland has seen overdoses from Tramadol soar. Egypt has been another victim of the misleading perceptions of the drug, as cheap pills have spread as daily-helpers among the poor and working class.

Finally, in 2014, the DEA finally changed Tramadol to a Schedule IV designation as a controlled substance. But the World Health Organization continues to classify the drug without restriction, under the belief that it would become much more difficult to obtain by people who need legitimate pain relief, according to the Wall Street Journal report.

When you actually consider the real world experience of people taking the drug, however, it quickly becomes evident that Tramadol, like other opioids prescribed for pain relief, also carries the trade off of dependency and withdrawal. Among the 50 or so first-person reports on, many Tramadol users cite these effects.

“I wish I knew this was an addictive narcotic. My doc told me it was non narcotic,” offered one user, who identified herself as a 36 year old woman.

This is exactly what makes Tramadol so dangerous. Despite it’s reputation as being a “safe” opioid, it is still an opioid. These drugs have been massively over-prescribed over the past 20 years, causing an opioid crisis in the U.S. with thousands of people suffering the consequences of addiction, ruined lives, and death. In 2014 alone, more than 28,000 people died from opioid overdose — at least half of them prescription drugs, compared to street drugs like heroin (which are often the cheaper drug of choice among people who started with a prescription opioid).

On every page for an opioid drug at, we have placed a clear and emphatic warning about the risks of these drugs in a big orange box. For many people, these drugs serve a purpose, and are a necessary part of coping with pain. But people need to be careful before they begin using them, and they need to be aware that the drugs carry a significant risk of dependency that can squander lives. These are dangerous drugs that must be taken seriously.

From Joanne:

If your loved one needs pain relief, stop turning to aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol)  and Ibuprofen. Those are also very dangerous drugs and hard on your liver which has to process that poison.

Safe, highly effective all natural pain relief is as follows:

  1. tumeric and cayenne.  eat a lot of curries.  make a lot of curry. no more pain and both of these foods are highly nutritive and build up body tissues.  Most effective when heated and cooked. Don’t like hot stuff?  You can get both tumeric and cayenne tabs, but these are much more expensive, but no where near as expensive as the prescription meds a traditional MD is falsely taught to promote. Tumeric and cayenne is totally safe, effective, known to cause zero deaths and promote health and longevity. Google it. Check it our yourself.
  2. Many oils such as rosemary, clove and oregano. Zero side effects and they contain tons of phytonutrients.
  3. Lyposomal or lypospheric Vit C and D3 (get tested) and sulfur (about 2 gr per day). These build muscle tissue.
  4.  A low carb/low sugar diet.  Much pain is caused by inflammation. Inflammation is caused by the over growth of bad bacteria. Take probiotics and stop eating carbs and sugars. This includes:  oatmeal, beans, pastas, rice, — anything over 15 gr of carbs per meal. Start reading those food labels.

good luck and namaste.  You know the ALs and nursing homes feed a crap diet.  Ever see one advertise yoga, meditation, all organic diets, all vegetarian diets?  Ever see one advertise no psych drugs, all natural healing?  Sprituality, yoga and meditation? Heck no.  If they did that all their residents would be gone in 2 to 6 months. And, more important, nearly zero people in guardianship.  You want to stop guardianship, get educated on living to 100 to 120 and walking out of your body.  Get a clue. We need to make these opiate drugs illegal, take down the false and fraudulent drug companies that prescribe poison and their minion MD’s that get massive bennies from being their patrons and stop all this nonsense.

There is a new energy. And it is unstoppable.  The shutters have been taken down. We have peace and light and love.


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