While reading up on the new pain killer laws, I discovered that Tramadol is now a controlled substance. I feel a little confused an conflicted now. I was in a lot of pain before my last surgery and the doctor wanted to put me on Vicodin. I was so afraid I would get addicted, and I said, "No". My doctor then recommended Tramadol. From what I understood, it was a much safer pain killer, and less addictive. I had no problems with it. My surgery went well and I am pain free, thankfully. I just don't know what I would have done without Tramadol. Is it really so addictive that it needs be a controlled substance?