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Synthetic Opioid Use Rising Worldwide, ‘Crisis’ Levels Emerging In Africa, U.N. World Drug Report Says

Reuters: Opioid use booming as tramadol crisis emerges in Africa — U.N. drug report
“Synthetic opioid use is booming, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a worldwide drug report that showed deaths in the United States from overdoses still rising and a ‘crisis’ of tramadol use emerging in parts of Africa. … ‘The opioid crisis that has featured in far fewer headlines [than the U.S. public health emergency] but that requires equally urgent international attention is the non-medical use of the painkiller tramadol, particularly in Africa,’ the UNODC 2019 World Drug Report said…” (Murphy, 6/26).