- Smuggling of Tramadol is on the rise in the Volta Region
- Smugglers are said to be concealing these drugs in boxes of Indomie
- These cost of these drugs are estimated into GHC100,000
The trafficking of the pain-inducing drug, Tramadol, is getting serious by the minute as traffickers are now using new and clever ways of pushing the dangerous drug to Ghana.
Checks by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) shows that traffickers are now concealing patches of the drug in Indomie boxes.
YEN.com.gh is learning that these concealed boxes where being smuggled through an unapproved route at a point referred to as ‘Kpoglo border’ near Ho, officials of the FDA told Onua FM Friday morning.
Volta Regional Director of the FDA, Gordon Akurugu, has revealed to said the driver of the bus in which the drugs were being transported was intercepted last Saturday. He has since been arrested with thousand cartons of boxes doubling into about GHC100,000.
The abuse of Tramadol has become a health crisis in Ghana. Media reports have revealed how the approved dosage - 50 and 150 milligrams - is now going for 200 and 250 milligrams per a patch of medication.
The reasons for abusing Tramadol are diverse. Whereas some manual laborers take the drug to ease the pain of hard work and also shoot up their energies, some other users, mostly young men in the slums of Accra say they take and abuse the drug just to help them perform better in bed.
Meanwhile, doctors are warning that the abuse of Tramadol has the potential of damaging the organs of the body.
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