Make Tramadol an illicit drug, the Mental Health Authority and other stakeholders in the health sector have impressed upon Parliament.
The call was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Chief Executive officer of the Authority Dr. Akwesi Osei who says Parliament must urgently amend the Narcotic Drug Law to make Tramadol an illicit drug.
A statement released said: the law should also be amended to impose stiffer punishment on importers of the drug. “it is important that as a society, we pay particular attention to young people because those who indulge in these substances become a threat to the society.”
“The relationship between drugs and crime is well known and it will not be surprising that armed robbers will put themselves on such drugs as tramadol,” it added.
The stakeholder meeting held last week included the Food and Drugs Authority and Narcotics Control Board (NACOB).
Tramadol is an extremely strong painkiller given to patients who are in extreme discomfort when other traditional painkillers stop working.
It is available by prescription only and comes in tablet, capsule and liquid drops that you swallow.
It works by stopping pain signals from travelling along the nerves to the brain to ease any discomfort a person might be feeling.
Tramadol is quite often given to patients who might be in pain after major surgery or to people who have long-term conditions such as arthritis.