MEDIA: The Other, Other Opioid Crisis – Tramadol in West Africa

According to a 2016 study commissioned by the United Nations, 90% of all illicit opioids confiscated around the world were seized in North and Western Africa, and the vast majority of those opioids were tramadol tablets produced in India. These Royal-225 tablets are made predominantly by small, family-owned firms in India, who then export the packaged drugs to Benin, where they are resold and transported to neighboring nations. Because of its relative narcotic weakness, lower abuse potential, and unique chemistry, tramadol is unregulated by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which allows the relative free flow of the drug across many international borders.

via The Other, Other Opioid Crisis: Tramadol in West Africa — Points: The Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society

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