There is a growing trend of Tramadol abuse among commercial drivers in some parts of the country, especially Tema, Chief Supt. Joseph Owusu Bempah, Tema Regional Police Command/ Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, has said.
According to him, this development has resulted in drivers speeding, a situation he said has increased the rate of motor accidents in Tema.
Tramadol, according to medical experts, functions like heroin and can cause psychotic problems as well as damage vital organs in the human body when abused.
Speaking on Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Tuesday, 1 May, Chief Supt. Owusu Bempah said: “Some of the drivers are using Tramadol and that is very dangerous. Because of that they drive recklessly and speed, thereby putting the lives of passengers in danger.”
He added: “Sometimes, you realise that most of these drivers don’t even have a licence; they can’t even read and write, they don’t even know the road signs, and, so, we arrest them and take them to court for the right sanctions to be meted out to them.”