Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tramadol fueling terror in parts of Africa

The UN says the trade and growing abuse of tramadol, a synthetic opioid, are destabilizing parts of West Africa. The nonmedical use of tramadol has become a major health crisis in areas like northern Mali and Niger. Less stigmatized than other opioids, tramadol as a prescription medication can be accessed and transported more easily.
Tramadol is being used as a money generator for terror groups.
Tramadol can produce similar effects as other opioid medications, such as morphine and oxycodone. It gives users a sense of detachment from reality and makes them delusional. Tramadol is regularly found in the pockets of suspects arrested for terrorism. The dosage used is often four or five times higher than the recommended dose.

More than 3 tons of the drug were seized last year in sub-Saharan Africa, up from 300 kilograms four years ago.