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The increasing demands and abuse of Tramadol and other Analgesic drugs

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When I see a great article or piece of information, I absorb and see what to do with it. Just read the beautifully written Paddy Adenuga experience and was blown away. You should read it as well.

Immediately afterwards, I saw this one closer to home, about misuse of a potent medicine.

Please note, as pharmacists, we at Advantage Health Africa are convinced that people do not realise ALL medicines are poisons.

Some positive effects are more beneficial than their negative effects…hence they are prescribed. But not to be misused!!!

I say, take all medicines with care. Please. Controlled drugs are not to be toyed with. Please.
Read below.

Cheers, Abimbola

Why Are They Taking Tramadol?

Last week, I spoke to two CEOs of community pharmacies. They have been in practice for over 15years.

I asked,
What’s the demand for tramadol?

They both replied, the demand is very high

One of them told me that, people are now asking for the 200mg and 250mg pack. Tramadol comes in 50mg or 100mg packs.

This means that 1000mg is no longer giving the effect they want. Therefore, they want to consume 2000mg/ 2500mg.

He now said, they take it because it makes them high.

Both of them actually told me that they had to stop selling tramadol, so when people come, they just say they don’t have.

I worked in community pharmacies, it’s all the same, young people looking for and taking tramadol or codeine in large doses to make them high.

You see some of them mixing 10 capsules of tramadol or 100mls of codeine in carbonated soft drinks.

When you ask them, why they take it?

The answer is always the same, to get high

Tramadol is an opioid analgesic used for moderate to severe pain. It is addictive. It should only be taken if prescribed.

Overdose of tramadol includes:
– Trouble breathing
– Slow or irregular heartbeat
– Seizures
– Coma

We are raising awareness about #Tramadolabuse and #Codeineabuse through radio shows, social media @NoToDrugAbuse – twitter, Facebook, church and school programs. Get involved today.

Oluwatosin Fatungase (Pharm)
Teen Behavioral Coach
www.Oluwatosin.com
@NoToDrugAbuse
Inspiring Greatness…

Feedback from some readers

I have a very good friend of mine that was wrongly advise to use the Drug for sexual benefit. He took the 250mg of Tramadol. Thank God he’s alive today. he would have left the world with unborn only child and wife. This guy is very educated. He was on seizure for weeks.

Hmmmmm my GP has dispensed Tramadol to me twice for severe spondilosis both times though I used 50mg each I hated it soooo much! It took me out of control and awareness of myself, I was wozzy, my tommy was torn apart ( cos am predisposed to Ulcer). I used Tramadol 50g twice with an interval of 2months, and after the second time, I swore NEVER to use it again!! It can kill! I was hyperventilating, I had anxiety attacks…. my Doctor was worried because he also did not like it but my back was severely painful I couldn’t walk for days. I can NEVER advise anyone to use Tramadol. Its a killer please…..my opinion though.

I swore that i will NEVER take tramadol again. I remember when i was still working 8-5, I always have terrible menstrual pains and so I asked around for pain killers. A colleague of mine gave them to me and after 30mins, I was not myself. I was so dizzy. I just kept looking for a place to sleep. All our sleeping areas in the office where occupied and imagine where I slept…i had to beg my pregnant colleague at that time to lift me up so I could sleep on the window ledge in the toilet. I went that crazy…i had to leave the office cos it made me completely wasted. I had to force myself to vomit the pills and flush my system. The next day I warned her never to give anyone those pills again….i just wonder how people taking it manage. That drug should be banned!!!

Actually, what you had is called an “Adverse Reaction” and it’s expected for a few people to take normal doses of a drug and respond in an uncommon and unusual manner. ARs are meant to be documented with the pharmacist that “gave” you and sent to Nafdac. Guess your colleague could not show her licence!! Lol

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APC Calls For Omo-Agege’s Prosecution Over Mace snatching

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned in totality, Wednesday’s attack on the Senate and the snatching on the Mace of the senate.

This is even as it has called on all security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

In a statemnet issued by Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, the party said that the attack ammounted to an attack on the nation’s democracy.

“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to the invasion of the Nigerian Senate by suspected thugs who disrupted Wednesday’s plenary and made away with the mace.

“The APC hereby condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy and a desecration of the hallowed institution of the National Assembly.

“We therefore call on security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police has arrested Senator Ovie Omo Agege for leading the hoodlums into the Senate chamber during plenary to snatch the Mace which is the symbol of authority of the upper legislative chamber.

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Mace Theft: Police Arrest Senator Omo-Agege

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The lawmaker was suspended by the Senate for 90 days last week. He, however, attended the plenary today.

The Senate had accused him of leading the armed men who stormed the chamber and snatched the mace while plenary was on.

After the plenary, policemen ushered Omo-Agege from the door of the chamber into a waiting pickup van.

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Thugs Disrupt Senate Plenary, Steals Mace

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The Senate plenary was today disrupted after suspected thugs invaded the chamber and made away with the mace.

The incident happened few seconds after a suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege entered the chamber.

About 10 suspected thugs who came to the venue with the senator forced their entrance into the chamber.

Seconds later, the thugs ran out of the chamber with the mace causing pandemonium in the Senate.

They left the National Assembly with the mace in a black SUV.

The mace is the symbol of authority of the parliament.

One of the security personnel at the entrance of the National Assembly said the thugs told him and other officers they were with the senator.

“We tried to stop them but they told us they were with him (Omo-Agege),” he said.

The Senate has accused a lawmaker, Ovie Omo-Agege, of leading hoodlums to seize the mace, which serves as the chamber’s symbol of authority.

In a statement after the incident on Wednesday, Senate spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, said the incident is an act of treason.

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