The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that local tea vendors, popularly known as Maishayi, add drugs to their tea, warning Nigerians to stop patronising them.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the agency’s Director-General, said this on Monday in an interview with NAN.
She mentioned intoxicating drugs such as tramadol, vietelin, marijuana and others, adding that people could lose their lives after taking tea mixed with such drugs.
Adeyeye also said the agency was working toward collaborating with the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) to check for quality medicine in orthodox and herbal.
According to her, the idea is necessary since NIPRD specialises on research, and the purpose is to safeguard health of the nation.
She however, called on the 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 has quality with high standard.
“We are going further, we want a central drug lab to be World Health Organisation (WHO) pre-qualify; we are raising our bar higher,’’ she said.