The abuse of tramadol pain killer by the youth has resulted in the high rate of crime being recorded in some parts of the Brong-Ahafo region.
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.
Chief Inspector Augustine Kingsley Oppong, the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Public Relations Officer, told Chief Jerry Forson on Ghana Yensom on Accra 100.5FM Monday May 7 that the abuse of this pain killer is getting out of hand.
“We have people abusing this tramadol pain killer in the region. Some of the youth abuse it to engage in criminal acts on a daily basis,” he said.
He further revealed that some students of the Atebubu Senior High School (SHS) have been arrested for allegedly threatening to kill some of their teachers and the headteacher of the school.
He told Show host Forson that the students alleged paying an amount of GHS50 to some of the teachers to enable them have the leeway to cheat in their examinations.
The teachers, however, after accepting the money failed to fulfil their part of the bargain and tightened security in the examination hall to disallow them from cheating.
This, Chief Inspector Oppong said incurred the wrath of the students who later sent death threat messages to the teachers and the headteacher.
“The Police in Atebubu had a report from the headteacher and some of the teachers that they are receiving death threats from some of the final year students and so we went to the school to pick up the suspected students for investigations.
‘The students alleged that they bribed some of the teachers to help them in their examination but the teachers failed to fulfil their part of the bargain hence the attacks and threat on their lives.”
He added: “We have given them bail, they will report to the Police until we are done with our investigations.”