-The Ghana Police has revealed that drivers take in a drug as a substitute for alcohol
-The drug is able to ‘scramble’ drunk-driving tests making Police work very difficult
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Some commercial drivers in Ghana have moved from getting intoxicated with alcohol to getting ‘drunk’ with the use of a pharmaceutical drug known as Tramadol or tramol to deceive highway police officers, the Ghana Police has said.
Speaking in an interview with mynewsgh.com, the Police Commander for Manhyia Division in the Ashanti Region, ACP Kwaku Buah indicated that the new invention of the commercial drivers was proving difficult for police officers to ascertain whether a driver was drunk or not.
He said it was likely to cause accidents if a driver was allowed to drive his car under the influence of the pharmaceutical drug.
In explaining the new trend, ACP Kwaku Buah revealed that the Tramadol made it difficult for police men to detect the blood alcohol content (BAC) in a driver’s blood using their gadgets known as breathalyzers.
He added that even though tramadol was not alcohol, it was able to intoxicate a driver the same way alcohol would have.
According to some reports, the drivers take in the drug as an energy booster to enable them carry out their duties. He said even some other drivers used the medicine as an aphrodisiac.
Tramadol is used as an opioid pain medicine for treating severe pains. However, taking the medicine has some side effects including liver swelling, mouth swelling, liver failure, luck of blood to the heart, speech disorder, fainting, high blood pressure among many others.
The Police warned drivers to desist from taking such medication to avoid putting the lives of road users in jeopardy.
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