The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in the Western Region has seized over 6,000 capsules of Tramadol from licensed chemical stores across the Region.
The development follows the abuse of the synthetic narcotics drug by many Ghanaians, particularly the youth.
The drug is originally used to manage moderate and severe pains only under the prescription of medical practitioners, but the FDA has raised concerns over its sale by over the counter chemical sellers.
In Ghana, the 50 to 100 grams are approved for usage, but a combination of 120 and 80 grams were among those seized by the FDA.
Mr Abu Sumaila, the Western Regional Head of the FDA, who confirmed the seizure to Ghana News Agency also bemoaned the sale of the drug by chemical stores and drug peddlers.
He said it had been abused in no small way by the youth, manual workers and drivers in recent times, because of its availability on the market.
Mr Sumaila said within the Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolis, out of the 31 license chemical stores visited, 1060 capsules were retrieved from four stores. At Wassa Akropong and Enchi, 1,050 capsules were seized from two shops out of the 12 visited.
The FDA Boss said Asankragua recorded the highest number of 4,900 probably due to the mining activities in the area.
“We are in talks with the Association of chemical sellers to stop their members from selling such drugs which is contributing to bad health among the youthful population of the country,” he revealed.
He encouraged the public not to buy drugs from peddlers but rather visit the pharmacy for the right prescribed drugs.
Advising the youth, Mr Sumaila also observed the abuse of Tramadol could make one addictive, result in brain damage, epilepsy, excessive sweat and also hallucination whic may be very harmful to their lives.