Jeremy Browne’s consultation on Tramadol

Jeremy Browne - Some rights reserved by Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeJeremy Browne, the Liberal Democrat Minister at the Home Office, is launching a public consultation on the proposal to make Tramadol a Class C drug.  You can read the consultation paper and respond to it here.

Tramadol is a prescription only painkiller used to treat a number of painful conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. It is a synthetic opioid, which is why it has developed a following as a recreational drug. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) says that Tramadol was mentioned on 154 death certificates in 2011, and that its misuse has resulted in some serious complications. It is the non-prescription use of the drug that is a cause for concern, and there is no intention of restricting its medical uses.

Tramadol (also sold as Zydol in the UK)  is marketed under many names around the world which makes for easy availability online.

 

* Newshound: bringing you the best Lib Dem commentary published in print or online.

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in News.
Advert

4 Comments

  • Peter Benson 23rd Jul '13 - 1:13pm

    I use Tramadol for arthritic knees that are so bad they need replacing.I tried many other painkillers,some,like codeine gave severe constipation.Anti inflammatory drugs upset my stomach.Tramadol is the only painkiller that seems to offer me relief.So I hope I can continue to get it legally.

    A lot of things in life can be dangerous,even wiring up a plug.I could overdose on many over the counter drugs if I wanted to and bought enough.But pain relief that works is needed.I am glad the Advisory Council do not want to restrict its use.

  • Adam Corlett 23rd Jul '13 - 1:28pm

    “This consultation is not seeking views on whether tramadol should be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.”

  • We already know that the Government will add this to the huge list of euphemistically “controlled” drugs (euphemistically, because they are never controlled, once on that list). Having already made Khat illegal for no other reason than to look “hard” I expect this substance to follow.

  • Paracetamol kills more people year after year.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarMartin 16th Oct - 11:34am
    I think that this is an important provision that LDV can do. It is quite a simple task, at least easier than writing original articles....
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 16th Oct - 10:57am
    Yes jayne mansfield, balance. We do know that society is often a mixture of interest groups all competing for resources, but balance is key to...
  • User AvatarDarren Marin 16th Oct - 10:55am
    @Michael - Thanks for the links! I think unfortunately the direction of travel is not towards working less even though it should be. The potential...
  • User AvatarDarren Martin 16th Oct - 10:44am
    @Nick the France example is a good one and you are right, this needs to be looked at in detail. I would say, however, it...
  • User AvatarMichael 1 16th Oct - 10:33am
    @Peter Watson Clearly it takes time from when a political party to recover from a difficult time - especially when that time has been in...
  • User AvatarPaul Walter 16th Oct - 10:30am
    David Agree that there should be wide distribution elsewhere, but we often publish posts which are based around party press releases on LDV and will...