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FW: Nigeria has a tramadol drug problem

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

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This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.


On November 14, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) blocked 28 containers containing Tramadol worth ₦6.4 billion  from coming into Nigeria.

In a statement issued by the Director General of NAFDAC, Professor Moji Adeyeye, the containers from India were discovered upon inspection in partnership with the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at the Apapa Port in Lagos.


What’s wrong with Tramadol?

Tramadol is an opioid pain drug that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It however has the ability to produce euphoria or energy making it subject to abuse.

Tramadol, unlike other opioids, does not cause one to be drowsy, this has led to its use for recreational purposes. When taken in high doses it can cause diarrhoea, loss of appetite and nausea.

Nigeria has one of the highest number of tramadol users in the World. Youths especially cling to the drug because it heightens senses and pops energy levels.

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