As of 10th June 2014, tramadol is classified as a Schedule 3 controlled drug. The move is in response to an increase in deaths involving the analgesic.
Other changes to CD legislation also came into force on the same date:
- The stimulant lisdexamfetamine has become a Schedule 2 CD.
- The hypnotics zopiclone and zaleplon are now listed in Part 1 of Schedule 4, alongside zolpidem.
Summary of the changes:
|Designation (from 10th June 2014)||
(CD No Reg POM)
|CD prescription requirements||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Prescription valid for||28 days||28 days||28 days||28 days|
|Prescription is repeatable||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Safe custody regulations apply||Yes||No||No||No|
Ketamine under review
Ketamine remains a Schedule 4 Part 1 drug at present. The Home Office will make a decision on the rescheduling of ketamine later this year following recommendations from the Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs.