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Over 200 medical products including tramadol destroyed by FDA in North East Region

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The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in the North East Region has launched a crackdown on drug abuse, seizing and destroying over 200 medical products, including tramadol, a drug commonly abused by the youth.

This effort, involving local associations, investigative agencies, and other stakeholders, underscores the collective action required to tackle this challenge effectively.

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Jacob Amoako Mensah, head of the FDA in the region, warned about the dangers of drug abuse, highlighting its potential consequences on individuals’ lives and its broader impact on society, including its contribution to criminal behavior.

He emphasized that such operations must be part of sustained efforts by the FDA and other relevant authorities.

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Addressing drug addiction among the youth, Mensah advocated for a multifaceted approach involving law enforcement, education, community engagement, and support services for those affected.

The destruction of the seized drugs underscores the seriousness with which the issue is being addressed. However, Mensah noted that prevention through awareness campaigns and support networks for those at risk of substance abuse is equally essential.

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He stressed that parents, teachers, and community leaders play a vital role in this effort by fostering environments that discourage drug abuse and provide guidance and support to young people.

Mr Mensah said, “What we want to tell the youth is that they should desist from tramadol. When it gets to a point when the person has become addicted, it is difficult to treat such a person. So we don’t want them to be using tramadol. Let doctors prescribe tramadol before one uses it.”

“This exercise today, we have the youth, we have the Gambaga and Nalerigu Youth Association, the National Investigation Bureau, and Narcotic Control Board, all being part and the two Associations who have helped us to embark on this particular exercise to destroy this quantity of tramadol that we are destroying today.”

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