Tramadol will be scheduled as a controlled substance.
Not at a federal level...but some states are taking the initiative.
Arkansas...and now Kentucky list products containing tramadol (Ultram, Ultracet) as a schedule IV controlled substance. And several other states such as North Dakota, Wyoming, and Ohio track tramadol usage through their prescription drug monitoring program as if it were a controlled drug.
The DEA has knocked around the idea of making tramadol a controlled substance for years. It’s been listed as one of their “Drugs and Chemicals of Concern” since 2004.