CAIRO: A Qatari passenger from Egyptian origin attempted to smuggle 129 blister packs of Tramadol into Doha, a security source at Cairo International Airport told Youm7 Sunday.
Tramadol, a strong pain killer, is used in Egypt as a cheap recreational drug.
Tramadol addicts represent 51 percent of the people who approached the Anti-Addiction Fund in 2015, Youm7 reported Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Waly Friday.
Heroin addicts represented 25.6 percent, while hash addicts comprised 23.3 percent, Waly said, adding that on average, an addict spends 238 EGP ($30.4,) a month on drugs.
Some 50.1 percent of addicts in Egypt believe that taking drugs is “habitual,” 25.4 percent think it helps them “forget problems,” and 23.5 percent say it makes them “socially acceptable” and “humorous,” Youm7 reported Amr Othman head of the Anti-Addiction Fund, which belongs to the Solidarity Ministry.