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Tramadol, The Silent Killer

A survey conducted by Brytfmonline reporters to a few Pharmacies in the New Juaben municipality revealed that out of 10 people who purchase the drug, seven abuse it or do not use it for its intended purpose.

June 14, 2018

Tramadol has become a silent killer as the  drug which should not be given to anyone younger than 18 years has become a menace in our modern society.

Tramadol is an opioid agonist drug used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It comes in a dosage of 50mg and 100mg as registered by the Food and Drug Authority. Maximum intake should not exceed 300mg in a day.

Doctors have warned against spontaneous intake by people who buy from unregistered chemical licence sellers in the communities. It should be prescribed by a Doctor before it can be taken.

A survey conducted by Brytfmonline reporters to a few Pharmacies in the New Juaben municipality revealed that out of 10 people who purchase the drug, seven abuse it or do not use it for its intended purpose.

Ignorance of some of the youth today buy the drug from the black market and normally mix it with their drinks not considering the health hazards involved.

It works on the brain by changing it responds to pain. It binds to receptors and also reduces the amount of pain the body sends to the brain.

It is a drug termed as controlled substance because its very addictive and becomes impossible to stop. Common tramadol side effects is a never ending list and it includes headache, dizziness and tired feeling and this may tend to within some few days.

The serious side effects could be fast breathing, hypertension, lack of coordination, severe diarrhoea, agitation, hallucination, coma, confusion seizures, trouble sleeping, dilated eyes and teary eyes.

Source: Enerstina Larbi & Adjoa Twumasi

 

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