The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has warned Nigerians to be cautious when taking tea prepared by popular vendors, Maishayi.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, NAFDAC Director-General, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.
Adeyeye said the warning became necessary following information the agency received that Maishayi now mix intoxicating drugs in the tea prepared for customers.
She mentioned intoxicating drugs such as Tramadol, Vieteling, Marijuana and others, adding that people could lose their lives after taking tea mixed with such drugs.
She said: “In the US, lots of people are dying because of these medicines.
“How can such medicines be mixed with palm wine in the name of getting high in Nigeria?
“There are some medicines you cannot take if you have cardiovascular problem.”
The director-general said the agency was working toward collaborating with the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development to check for quality orthodox and herbal medicines.
According to Adeyeye, the idea is necessary since NIPRD specialises on research and the purpose is to safeguard health of the nation.
She called on people to desist from harmful medicine in the name of power enhancement in whatever area they think of.
Adeyeye added that the agency’s five laboratories had been accredited many times and have quality with high standard.
She said: “We are going further: we want a central drug lab to be World Health Organisation pre-qualified; we are raising our bar higher.”
Adeyeye said the Agency would continue to sensitise people against harmful drugs and believe that within the year, it would get the WHO pre-qualified central drug lab.