The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Wednesday cautioned motorists against patronising drug peddlers.
The Kaduna State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mrs Mukosolu Nzekwe gave the warning at a sensitisation campaign against drug abuse held at Kawo motor park in Kaduna.
“The drug hawkers are not pharmacist or doctors, when you stop patronising them there will be no market for them and they will fade away.
“If these drugs are exposed to the sun, they become poisonous, and when people take them, they are subjected to various health conditions due to consumption of these low-quality drugs.
“Drugs hawked in baskets and stalls under the elements are liable to lose their efficacy, quality, identity, purity and strength.”
She added that drugs being hawked in the motor parks and street were not produced under certified good manufacturing practice.
Nzekwe explained that manufacturing practice was instituted by government, stipulating minimum standards in manufacturing, processing, packaging or holding of medicinal products.
Also, Mr Martins Dajangla, the Public Education Officer of the state Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, said the corps was collaborating with NAFDAC to rid the state of fake and adulterated drugs.
Dajangla called on the state government to provide sick bays and licenced pharmacists in motor parks.
He also called for the closure of illegal motor parks where drug peddlers mostly ply their trade.
In his remark, the branch Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Adamu Abaji expressed gratitude to NAFDAC and FRSC for the sensitisation programme.