Posted 8/16/2014 3:29 AM (GMT -6)
Hi everyone! I saw the thread when it was started and again today and thought maybe I can help clear up some of the confusion concerning why this meds been labeled Controlled.
It does carry a very low risk of addiction issues but far less then most CS meds. It carries very low street value versus other CS meds and actually it's far cheaper on street level in the US then the Canadians and Australian pharmacys are charging. Actually from 50 cents to a $1.50 a pill depending on strength.
At the onset of it's start many Drs were replacing traditional narcotics with it, ERs, dentists, and PCPs were prescribing it freely since it wasn't controlled and therefore required no accountability to the DEA. The addicts were finding it plentiful and cheap on the street but it was not providing a high or preventing withdrawal symptoms from opiates.
However they found when all else failed and they couldn't get their drugs of choice due to tighter control and limitations on controlled meds that if they took enough tramadol they would experience some level of "high "and some temporary relief of withdrawal and it's far cheaper then say those $30 a pill Roxys.
It's a cheap, temporary fix to their problem, not one they choose or continue. This however increased the street demand, raising their value from nothing to that price previously mentioned, all catching the attention of the regulating powers and forcing them to relabel the med with a control status.
Sad that this "jumping the gun " was necessary due to such a temporary need and its just another casualty in this war on drugs.
Hope this helps and thanks for allowing me to participate in your forum discussion!