The Pharmaceutical Society has issued a health alert about the increasing abuse of Tramadol, an opioid analgesic by the youth especially in urban areas across the country.
The Pharmaceutical Society is particularly alarmed about the proliferation high doses of Tramadol (200mg/250mg) popularly called Tramol, which has the potential of addiction.
According to a statement signed by the President of the Society, Benjamin K. Botwe, the practice exposes lapses in monitoring mechanism by the Food and Drugs Authority and related agencies.
It said though Tramadol is an approved drug for the management of pain, the strengths approved for use in Ghana by the Food and Drugs Authority are the 50mg and 100mg strengths and not what is sold over the counter without prescription.
Executive Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Society, Sena Awuti explained to XYZ News that their research indicate the youth take them for recreational purposes.
He added that the high dose Tramadol is mostly found in highly populated and concentrated areas including markets and lorry stations, which should not be difficult to track.
Head of Tobacco and Substances Abuse Department at the Food and Drugs Authority, Olivia Boateng acknowledges the concern but says their hands are tied because some of these dangerous drugs come in through unapproved rtouts.
She however tells XYZ News, the FDA is working with other security agencies to get rid of them.
She said: “We have gone to the market, done a couple of schools and destroyed these drugs. We are yet to do that in Greater Accra yet and we have intensified public education to sensitise the youths against the abuse of those drugs. As much as we have strengthened forces at the point of entries, there are still porous borders that people continuously bring these things into the country that is why we need a continuous market surveillance system”.