The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has said some foods and body creams are causes of kidney failure, diabetes, cancer and hypertension.
The disclosure was made in Ilorin, Kwara state, at the weekend by the agency's director of public affairs, Abubakar Jimoh, who called on Nigerians to watch the kind of food they eat and body cream they use.
According to him, with the high rate of drug abuse in Nigeria, the country is sitting on a keg of gunpowder, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Jimoh said about 15 million Nigerians are on drugs and three million of them could be conveniently called drug addicts.
He said this was why the agency concluded that the level of drug abuse had led to the high level of violence, kidnapping, terrorism, armed robbery and even dangerous driving.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the presidential committee on elimination of Drug Abuse pledged unwavering support to the National Agency for Food Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on stopping drug abuse in the country.
Brigadier General Buba Marwa (Rtd.), chairman of the committee, made this promise on Wednesday, January 23, in Abuja during a visit to NAFDAC.
He said: “We are happy to be associated with NAFDAC and we will render all necessary help and support to ensure that the agency rid our society of drug abuse.
“Several generations of Nigeria youths are at the risk of being wiped out if urgent steps are not taken to stem the tide of drugs abuse amongst our youths.
“It is within our terms of reference to engage stakeholders on their roles and responsibilities, know their progress and challenges and proffer assistance where necessary."
Professor Moji Adeyeye, the director general of NAFDAC, said that the inauguration of the Marwa-led committee underscored the seriousness of government to curb drug abuse in Nigeria.
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She noted that Nigeria had lost two generations to the scourge and assured that her agency would do more to stem the tide.
Adeyeye said: “The establishment of this committee and the appointment of Gen. Marwa to head it underscored the seriousness of government to eliminate the scourge of drugs abuse."
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