Once upon a time I used to suffer a lot every month when my period was due(most ladies will understand). I tried several doctors, hospitals and painkillers but the pain was always severe. There were times I used hot water bottles and ice cubes to massage my abdomen just to get relieved of the pain. The story never changed. Anytime my period was over, I am excited and jubilate like a prisoner who has been freed from prison. After speaking with one of my doctor friends about the situation, he gave me some green and yellow capsules to swallow. These capsules were to help kill the pain and make me feel better. He asked me to swallow one in the morning and one in the evening for just a day. I swallowed two in the morning and two in the evening for three consecutive days with the mind that it would work faster and better and the pain will die faster. The pain died alright, I felt better too so I felt good and continued taking the capsules. I was very active with no pains and felt my problem was solved, little did I know I was in for the worst.
About twenty-four hours after taking the last dose, I felt restless! And that was about
12am! I couldn’t sleep, neither could I lie down quietly. I couldn’t even toss and roll on my bed. I eventually had to get up and walk up and down till daybreak. In about 48 hours times, I was feeling inactive and down.Being a good patient, I decided to report to my doctor, he advised that I drink a lot of water and eat a lot too to help me gain some energy but warned me not take the capsules again. Then I decided to ask the name of the medicine…Then the bombshell was dropped, I have been taking almighty TRAMADOL!!! which is also known as tramol, young people in different places also have different names Yes, I have abused Tramol, out of carelessness and ignorance. Like most people, I didn’t even bother to read the inscription on the pack of the medicine that was given to me by my doctor friend.
In the past, we all thought narcotic drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, heroin and other
were the only drugs people abuse. Unfortunately, the abuse of basic medicines like paracetamol, aspirin, and others is higher than we can imagine. Attention has been drawn to the most abused medicine in Ghana and beyond; TRAMADOL. Interestingly, many of us do not even realise that we are doing the wrong thing when it comes to medications. Even when we know it’s wrong, we do not regard it as anything. In my mind, I tell myself let me do it for only today, it won’t spoil anything.
There are several reasons why people start using drugs; some of these reasons are that they will take them to fit in their peers, others will use them to help them improve their energy and athletic performance. Others will use them as a way to fight depression and deal with extreme feelings of anxiety. My eyes nearly popped out of their sockets the first time I listened to one of the interviews between Nana Aba Anamoah and some of the young men who take TRAMADOL. For some of them, they want to be able to have sex with their girlfriends throughout the night. According to one of them, it doesn’t make sense to spend so much on a lady and last for just 2 or 3 minutes in the bedroom (You have to get value for money). For some of them too, they want to be able to have sex with a lot of ladies without getting tired. Quite scary right?. Others also want to boost their energy to be able to do whatever work they want to do for long hours. Did you know poor communication between parents and children can lead to drug abuse? Children who have discussions with their parents on drug abuse are less likely to abuse drugs than children who do not have any such conversations with their parents. Most parents do not realise that discussing some of these topics with their children will go a long way to save their lives and that of others in the society. For some teenagers, low self-esteem can make them abuse drugs too! Look at all the adverts we see about body shapes and sizes, young people may be tempted to take medicines to achieve the desired bodies they see in adverts.
There’s no doubt that abusing drugs has a lot of effects on both the individual and the
economy.Misuse of these drugs and substances affects the individual’s judgment and ability to think. These also have complex medical, psychological and social issues.The society also suffers greatly because many strong and able men who have the strength to work to improve the economy engage in the use and trafficking of drugs. Resources which could have been used t develop our communities are used to fight and prevent drug abuse and therefore resulting in the decline of the economy.