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Nigeria's Tramadol crisis: The drug fuelling death, despair and Boko Haram

Added: 04.06.2018 17:07 | 21 views | 0 comments

"How many did you take today?" I asked them. "Today? None," came the reply. Mr Kolo's eyes are dark and bloody red, he slurs slightly as he talks. Mr Mohamed is listless and distracted. His head is hanging between his bony shoulders. It's obvious they're lying. The commander steps in and urges them to tell the truth. "I used to take three to four when I first began taking it. But now I have reduced it to one or half," Mr Kolo says, unwilling to go further. In this troubled town, thousands of people are addicted to Tramadol - the vigilante fighters, those displaced by the war and even the militants themselves. The cheap opioid painkiller is meant to be used to treat moderate to acute pain....

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