Rethinking Tramadol as the “Safe” Opioid

After 18 years of less restrictive treatment, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has proposed putting tramadol under the Controlled Substances Act, and 10 states have already done so. An analysis by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today revealed that tramadol use has increased dramatically since 2008, and that in 2011, the drug was linked to 20,000 emergency department visits around the country. Read a news story here.

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