“It is important we let people know that abusing medicines like Tramadol can have bad consequences, including death,” Delese Clement Azupwah a nurse at the Bolgatanga regional hospital says.

    “So while we are doing our part to ensure that Tramadol is not abused, the media must also highlight the negative effect this can have on the individual and the society. Excess amounts, regular use or overuse can cause side effects, many of which can be dangerous and may affect the brain in ways very similar to illegal drugs,” he adds.

    The country’s drug and food regulatory body is faced with the task of ending the abuse of unapproved dosage of the man-made narcotic painkiller- Tramadol- that is allegedly smuggled into the country.

    Alarming reports of Tramadol abuse, particularly among the youth who take it for recreational reasons in parts of the country, have become an issue of great national concern, calling for immediate intervention.

    Reported incidence of addiction, armed robbery, youth vandalism, car accidents and in some cases violence have been linked to the drug.
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