YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The fight against prescription drug abuse carries on, and with tighter restrictions, police say it is important to stay on the right side of the law with your medications.
In November, the muscle relaxer Tramadol was added to a restricted drug class. In Youngstown, a raid Wednesday netted three arrests and 3,000 tablets of the drug, which police said is commonly abused as it is gives a similar effect of most painkillers but is easier to obtain than Oxycontin or Hydrocodone.
Tramadol is now treated the same as other opiate painkillers, meaning that even one loose pill can result in a criminal charge.
Campbell Police Chief Drew Rauzan said police can charge you if you have a prescription that is not in your name, regardless of who it belongs to.
“It is illegal to be in a car with your mother’s pill bottle and your mother is not there,” he said.
Like other painkillers, Tramadol does have medicinal uses. Rauzan said, however, it is important to follow the rules of using the drug.