Let’s tackle the Tramadol abuse now!

IN the past few weeks there have been increasing calls on the government to crackdown on the abuse of Tramadol, especially amongst the youth in this country.

WELL, we must admit that we have seen some efforts being made by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Pharmaceutical Council of Ghana (PCG) aimed at curbing the abuse of the medication.

FOR instance, due to the efforts of the two state agencies, 21 drug sellers in the Ashanti Region have been referred to the Pharmacy Council of Ghana for action to be taken against them.  And their offence is for stocking and selling high doses of Tramadol.

BUT the bigger question that immediately follows is: are the efforts being employed by the two state agencies yielding the desired result—curbing the abuse?

WE believe many Ghanaians would agree with Today that the answer to the above question is a big no!

THE reason being that many are still out there patronising Tramadol from pharmacy shops.

PERHAPS what we have also failed to deal more with is the many pharmacy shops that continue to sell doses of Tramadol to people even without prescription.

TODAY believes that is part of the reasons why pressure group, OccupyGhana, is calling on government to curtail the abuse of the drug.

THOUGH Tramadol is a medication used to help relieve moderate to moderately severe pain, the fact also remains that it has the risk for abuse and addiction, which obviously can lead to overdose and death.

WE understand also that Tramadol may cause severe, possibly fatal, breathing problems.

IT has also been established medically that taking Tramadol with alcohol or other drugs that can cause drowsiness or breathing problems may cause very serious side effects, including death.

AND the above is what is currently happening in many parts of this country and particularly among the youth.

IT is in this wise that Today supports the call by OccupyGhana on government to take immediate steps to deal with the menace.

IN the view of Today the FDA and the PCG must involve law enforcers—the police, in curbing the Tramadol abuse.

THE involvement of the police, we believe, will contribute largely to fighting the abuse of Tramadol.

THERE should also be educational programmes to sensitise the Ghanaian public on the abuse of Tramadol.

LIKE OccupyGhana suggested the Law Enforcement agencies must be tasked to “investigate how these drugs are coming in and to take steps to stop the large shipments from India and China.”

IN that way we will be tackling the problem from its root cause.

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