It has been noted with dismay in recent years that an increasing number of people are abusing prescription drugs in the country. This, it goes without saying, should be cause for grave concern.
The Ministry of Health and government drug supply chain departments should act urgently to reverse this trend before it spirals out of control.
The list of prescription drugs that authorities have issued a red flag on includes valium, pethidine, morphine powder, ketamine and tramadol. Globally, these are some of the leading names in prescription drug abuse right now.
Today, in many parts of the world, the abuse of prescription drugs is leading to the death of an increasing number of people. In our country, there was an alert in 2018 following a crackdown on drug addiction in general. A good starting point is that the government has recognized the problem.
It turns out that Tanzania has not been immune to the global rapid response syndrome which has seen many young people, including students, and some stressed professionals resort to the abuse of prescription drugs as a quick fix. ultimate. It is not easy to obtain prescription drugs without the help of medical staff at hospital pharmacies.
Drug addiction is already a serious problem in Tanzania. Official reports show that Tanzania struggles with between 250,000 and 500,000 people who abuse heroin. The government could take several steps to address this growing problem.
The first step will obviously be to tighten the drug supply and investigate those suspected of abusing and/or negligently using their position in medical facilities to hand over prescription drugs to the wrong patients.
It is also necessary to put in place stricter regulations on the distribution of these drugs.
Finally, the Department of Health should conduct awareness campaigns to dispel misconceptions that there is no serious danger in abusing prescription drugs.
ELDERS DESERVE RESPECT
It is time for us in Tanzania to ask what we have done and are doing to protect vulnerable older people and prevent their abuse. Questions have sometimes been raised about our commitment to preventing and responding to elder abuse.
The frequent killings of red-eyed elderly women in some parts of the country are perhaps the most damning evidence of brutality against elders in Tanzania. These women are brutally killed, especially in Mwanza, Shinyanga and Tabora areas, suspected of being witches, which of course is ridiculous.
Do older people get the respect they deserve in hospitals, public offices or on public transport? It’s a relevant question because it’s not uncommon to see nurses and other healthcare workers insulting old people of grandparenting age.
On public transport, it is now the norm for young people to remain glued to their seats even when they see elderly people standing there, unable to maintain their balance, thanks to the reckless driving synonymous with daladalas.