The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in the Northern Region has revealed that they have plans to track down and rid the market of all unregistered tramadol.

According to him, the unregistered ones which are of low quality and injurious to the users are brought into the country from nieghbouring countries.

Regulatory Officer at the FDA in-charge of Public Education, Ernest Bonah speaking to Akosua Kwatemah Boaye, host of the Fiila Day Break Tamale yesterday said that tramadol has “practically invaded the Ghanaian markets which makes it difficult to totally clear-out of the system.”

He described tramadol as the “new cocaine” in the Tamale Metropolitan area where people especially the youth are addicted to it.

He acknowledged that it’s a prescription drug which comes within the ambient of the Pharmacy Council and not the FDA.

Tramadol is a narcotic-like pain reliever. The extended-release form of tramadol is usually prescribed for around-the-clock treatment of pain.

Experts says tramadol is not for use on an as-needed basis for pain.

But there have been worrying concerns over the abuse of tramadol among the youth especially in the Tamale metropolis.

Speaking on the way forward to deal with the situation, Mr. Bonah said since the drug is injurious to the user, it falls under the jurisdiction of the FDA since they give the market authorization for regularization.

CUE IN: Regulatory Officer at FDA, Ernest Bonah

By: Saaqa Alhassan Algore/

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