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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians who are in the habit of patronising vendors who sell tea popularly called `Maishayi’.
NAFDAC Director-General Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye gave the warning in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
Adeyeye said the agency needed to sound the warning following a tip-off the agency received that vendors of the Maishayi tea now mix intoxicating drugs in the tea prepared for sale to customers.
She noted that intoxicants such as tramadol, Vieteling, Marijuana and others, could lead to loss of lives after taking tea mixed with such drugs.
‘In the US, lots of people are dying because of these medicines. How can such medicines mix with palm wine in the name of getting high in Nigeria?
“There are some medicines you cannot take if you have cardiovascular problem,” she said.
Adeyeye said that the agency was working toward collaborating with the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) in order to check for quality medicine in orthodox and herbal forms.
The director general said the move is necessary in safeguard the lives of Nigerians.