"It took me about a week to stop but it was so difficult...I decided not to go out of my house because I knew if I saw it I would take it," says Hussein, 28 of quitting tramadol after taking it for five years, "My body was broken - I felt horrible, my head and my stomach were on fire, but I resisted." Garoua, Cameroon. 2016. Hussein's older brother Musa died from an overdose of the drug last year. "I tried to stop him many times and for many years but he wouldn't listen to me.
He started behaving like he was crazy (and) nothing he said made sense anymore," says Hussein, 28, of his older brother Musa's changes after starting tramadol.