The Afigya Kwabre District Police commander in the Ashanti region ASP Stephen Ofori Akrasi has bemoaned the use of Tramadol by the youth within the district especially their district capital Kodie.
He was speaking in sideline interview with Silver Fm's Akwadaa Nyame during an assembly meeting. He indicated that the district is among the leading district in the use of the drug in the Ashanti Region.
In recent times, the drug has become so popular that everywhere one goes in Ghana, it is patronised by the youth.
Tramadol, which is a synthetic opioid similar to codeine, is used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain, and is available online and easily obtainable without a prescription, subjecting it to abuse.
ASP Stephen Ofori Akrasi appealed to parents to advise their children to desist from the use of the drug since it is destroying a greater number of them while stakeholders like chiefs, pastors, and teachers should also assist in fighting the use of Tramadol.
The District Chief Executive for Afigya Kwabre Hon Kwasi Acheamfour Karikari also added that instead of the youth going out to look for jobs, they prefer taking the drug in excess, which makes them lazy.
According to him, what is most disturbing is the involvement of students in the use of the drug, adding that “this has created a situation where insubordination is on the increase on campuses”.
He stated that due to the gravity of the problem, he is planning to visit various schools in the district to talk to the students about the dangers of the drug.
The DCE assured to assist the police with adequate resources needed to be used to bring those using the drugs without prescription into book to deter others.
Hon. Acheamfour Karikari commended the district police commander for the effort he and his men have put in fighting this canker.
Meanwhile, the DCE has charged the Ghana Police Service (GPS) within the Afigya Kwabre District to be on the look-out for dealers of the drug and bring them to book.
In his view, the introduction of the 'planting for food and jobs' programme rolled out by the Ministry of Food & Agriculture is an opportunity for the teeming youth to get involved in farming to help better their lives and parents also should take the opportunity of free SHS to put their children into school.