Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board has announced that it will further restrict the sale of tramadol, a narcotic painkiller, in an effort to curb the rising rates of tramadol addiction among teens.
Tramadol is a highly addictive opioid painkiller that is available over the counter in Thailand. It is currently on the Dangerous Drugs list under the Thai Medicine Act – buyers must register their names when purchasing the painkiller at Thai pharmacies and can only obtain 10 pills at a time.
But this doesn’t stop myriad young people from purchasing and abusing the drug. Opioids like tramadol are extremely physically addictive, causing users to build tolerance and dependency quickly. Tramadol addiction can lead to side effects like depression, irritability, paranoia, gastrointestinal pain, diarrhea and even coma and death.
Read the full article here: Thai Teens on Tramadol: painkillers restricted as new abuse trend emerges among teens.