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Drug Abuse 'Suicide bombers' in Northern Nigeria and other places are using the opiod Tramadol - UNODC

The drug is noted to have the potential of making its user feel high similar to consumption of cocaine and other hard drugs.

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The drug remains one of the most frequently abused medication in Africa. It serves different purpose for different people. play

The drug remains one of the most frequently abused medication in Africa. It serves different purpose for different people.

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has stated that the opiod Tramadol is the drug of choice for suicide bombers in northern Nigeria.

The UN agency said Tramadol is always one of the items usually recovered from the body of suicide bombers or dead members of the group. This is because it is mostly taken by members of the group before carrying out attacks.

According to reports in BBC News, the volume of the opioid seizures has skyrocketed from  300kg (660lb) in 2013 to three tonnes by 2016.

The Guardian UK also reported that the terrorist group stuffs the opioid in dates and fed it to children before sending them on a suicide mission. This is to reduce feeling and make them high for the mission.

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The government achieved a relatively stronger position against the Boko Haram in 2017.

(NG News)

Also Read: Africans abuse of the opioid Tramadol has the United Nations worried

A woman in northern Mali confirmed this practice in the region as well. She told the UN agency that children as little as 10 years are "…being given pills in their tea in order to help reduce their feeling of hunger".

Many uses of Tramadol in Nigeria, and other African countries

Health agencies in Nigeria have raised concerns about rampant cases of misuse and the overdose of the pills in the country. The pill is mainly prescribed as painkillers but Nigerians have found other uses for it.

Tramadol belongs to a family of analgesic, and addiction to it has similar effects as taking morphine, cocaine or other hard drugs.

If your kid’s feeling under the weather, check the label on his meds before giving him a dose. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just restricted the use of codeine (to treat pain and cough) and tramadol (for pain) in children under 12. They also recommended against their use for kids 12 to 18 who are obese or who have sleep apnea. The FDA made these changes because the drugs have been shown to slow breathing or make breathing more difficult, and those effects have ben more pronounced in young kids. play

If your kid’s feeling under the weather, check the label on his meds before giving him a dose. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just restricted the use of codeine (to treat pain and cough) and tramadol (for pain) in children under 12. They also recommended against their use for kids 12 to 18 who are obese or who have sleep apnea. The FDA made these changes because the drugs have been shown to slow breathing or make breathing more difficult, and those effects have ben more pronounced in young kids.

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For Nigerian youths, Tramadol offers more than pain-relieving effects. They have discovered it also give them a feeling of euphoric high when taken in large quantity. Hence the opioid is mixed with alcohol to increase the effects of the alcohol.

In other places it serves as an aphrodisiac while others use it to facilitate long manual labour.