Wa Police arrest suspected Tramadol paddlers

The Wa Police has arrested two men suspected to be selling unapproved drugs.

Mr Saley Mumuni Yumbei, 47, and Yussif Jalile, 32 were arrested on June 8, 2017 after a joint committee taskforce combed the Wa Central Market to rid it of some unapproved drugs.

Some of the drugs confiscated included; higher doses of Tramadol 100mg, 120mg and 200mg which exceeded the 50mg requirement, Kwick action and chloroquine among other were seized during the market raid.

Mr Godwin Akudugu, the Regional Head of the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) at a press briefing in Wa said the FDB did not register the seized drugs and had no record of them, and could not ascertain their efficacy.

He said most of those drugs came through unapproved routes into the region which was causing a lot of problems for the region to handle.

The committee was tasked to unearth the use of tramadol in the region which had become a social canker among the youth.

Students and others in the region had resorted to the use of tramadol with some young people mixing it with Energy Drink, which worked on them like cocaine.

Mr Akudugu bemoaned its effects on the development of the youth in the region and said FDB received a complaint from Kinapharma limited of counterfeit versions of its product on the market.

One of their popular drugs that had been duplicated on the market is kwick action, which is a pain relieving drugs.

Mr Akudugu said the committee would intensify its works in other parts of the region and would also educate people more on the use of such drugs and their effects on them.

He advised the general public to desist from engaging in self-medication when they were sick but rather attend the hospital and stick to the treatment given to them by health care professionals.

Mr Latif Adjei Wiredu, the Acting Regional Manager of the Pharmacy Council explained that, tramadol, is a synthetic Narcotic drug that works to suppress pains in the brain.

“There are drugs registered in the country as tramadol hydrochloric that are used for medical purposes and such drugs were not to be sold by pharmacies but upon the request of a qualified medical doctor.”

He therefore warned that counter medicine sellers should desist from the sale of such drugs.

Mr Wiredu explained that, due to the euphoria properties of the drug, people use it during fun-fairs and other exciting activities; stressed that the drug could cause epilepsy and respiratory infections on the users.

Mr Sulemana Alhassan, Upper West Regional Minister set-up the Committee to unearth or reduce the use of tramadol among the people in the region especially the youth.

The committee would be engaging in a post market surveillance to rid the market of such highly unapproved drugs.


High incidence of Tramadol abuse in Upper West Region

It has now been established that drug abuse is on the ascendancy in the Upper West Region among all ages. And one particular drug that has been identified as a leading drug in terms of abuse is Tramadol, an oral tablet meant to moderate severe pains in the human body.

The common side effects of the drug include dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting and constipation. Tramadol is supposed to be taken under doctor’s monitoring and supervision. However any attempt to subject the drug to constant use precariously leads to addiction which can result in death in some situations.

This observation came to light when members of the Wa Polytechnic chapter of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Students Association of Ghana, (Pharm-SSAG) adopted the Kperisi community in the Wa Municipality to create awareness about drug abuse as part of their annual Week Celebration of the Association which falls every May each year. The outreach program enabled members of the Department of Dispensing Technology of the Wa Polytechnic to educate people on the rational use of medicines within the region.

The group was worried about the abuse of Tramadol by people within the various age brackets in the region. It was observed that many abusers of Tramadol drug do so with intentions not connected to the required prescription by a doctor and in the long run expose themselves to all kinds of dangers.

The commonest use is the use of the drug as sexual performance enhancing drug especially within the Wa Municipal. The current use of the drug has assumed an alarming rate within the region hence the adoption of the Kperisi community in the Wa Municipal area for sensitization by the health education programme by members of the Polytechnic chapter of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Students Association of Ghana, (Pharm-SSAG)

Speaking at the community sensitization program, the Acting Regional Manager of the Pharmacy Council, Mr Latif Agyei-Wiredu observed that most users of the drug unknowingly consider it as performance enhancing drug saying that “The stimulating effect of the drug is like that of heroin and cocaine which makes people “go high” and feel like they are on cloud nine with precarious consequences”. Members of the association later conducted health screening and counseling session for the people of Kperisi community.

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