Slippery slope: 'Safe' opioid has greater chance of overlong use
This, even though the drug has a low risk of addiction.
Research published in the BMJ says about 7% of patients had at least one refill between 90 and 180 days after surgery.
And according to UPI, those patients were likely to have been prescribed tramadol.
Tramadol is considered a schedule II drug, the highest classified drug with an accepted medical use.