– At the Aden Abdulle airport in Mogadishu, the Somali Police forces intercepted a sizable cargo of prescription pharmaceuticals, including Tramadol, Pethidine, Pregabalin, and codeine syrup.
One of the medications, Oxytocin injection, is used to start labor in pregnant women.
Pregabalin is a medication that doctors give to treat severe neuropathic pain caused by damaged nerves in a patient’s hands and feet.
These prescription medicines, which are typically opiates, are being misused every day on the streets of Mogadishu, according to police spokesman Sadiq Doodishe.
He added that the government is looking into the origins of the shipment and that hundreds of young people in the capital have developed prescription drug addictions.
Local authorities in Mogadishu have received complaints from locals about pharmacists selling prescription drugs to minors without a doctor’s prescription throughout the capital.