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Tramadol now a controlled substance

(Popular pain killer placed on Controlled substance list)…Tramadol is an opiate used to relieve back pain.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says after August 18 border crossers will need a medical prescription to bring the painkiller into the United States from Mexico. Andrade Port officials say the majority of the medical tourists crossing at that port purchase Tramadol in Mexico without a prescription. After August 18, if Tramadol is not declared and a prescription presented, the painkiller will be confiscated and the border crosser could face other penalties, as well.