Earlier this week, at the public launch of drug-related health policies and guidelines in Abuja, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Moji Adeyeye, disclosed that two trucks fully loaded with tramadol has been intercepted by the agency.
Tramadol is an opioid pain medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. When taken as an immediate-release oral formulation, the onset of pain relief usually occurs in about an hour. When taken in large quantity, it reportedly gives a feeling of euphoric high and when opioids like tramadol are mixed with alcohol, it increases the effects of the alcohol.
When this medication is taken by youths in large quantity it has effects on the brain and could potentially lead them to exhibit some violent tendencies.
The Director-General called on the National Assembly to amend the law such that drug peddlers could be given stiffer penalties.
Tramadol is currently under Narcotics Control following high abuse and concerns by government and public health officials, meaning it cannot be brought into the country without permit.