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    Food and Drug Supervisory Agency: Misuse of Serious Drug Problems for Young Generation

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    BANDUNG - The Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) highlights the problem of drug abuse among today's young generation. This can have a serious impact on health, dependence, and death.

    Plt. BPOM's Deputy for Drug Control, Narcotics, Psychotropics, Precursors and Addictive Substances, Reri Andriani revealed this in the coordination meeting Increased Awareness and Competence of Drug Management Personnel in Pharmaceutical Service Facilities for Quality Control and Drug Abuse Prevention and Antibiotic Resistance, at the Grand Mercure, Jl. Dr. Setiabudi City of Bandung, Monday (11/12/18).

    "Drug abuse as a result of using drugs that are not good and not in accordance with the provisions has become a serious problem, especially for the younger generation," said Reri as a keynote speech in the coordination meeting.

    "Abuse in the use of drugs for non-health purposes and used without following the rules and dosages according to the provisions will have a serious impact on health, such as dependence, addiction, and organ damage to death," he continued.

    For this reason, Reri explained the importance of increasing competence and awareness among drug and food managers in this country. Synergy needs to be encouraged because the supervision policy can not only be carried out by the government and BPOM, but also needs to involve drug entrepreneurs and active community participation.

    The crime of drug abuse does not only target adults but also teenagers and children. According to Reri, this has become a joint responsibility to guard the next generation of the nation.

    "So, this is our shared responsibility to guard the quality of this nation's next generation," said Reri.

    "This certainly brings its own concerns, because there is a risk of declining self-potential among teenagers and children who will later be the successor and hope of the nation in the future," he added.

    In response to this, the POM has held a national action to eradicate illegal drugs and drug abuse some time ago. President Joko Widodo launched the action directly. One strategy in the movement is prevention carried out through strengthening regulations; implementation of communication, information and education; and increasing cross-sectoral coordination.

    Strengthening regulations that have been carried out by the POM is one of them issuing POM Regulation Number 4 of 2018 concerning Supervision, Drug Management, Drug Material, Narcotics, Psychotropic, and Pharmaceutical Precursors in Pharmaceutical Service Facilities.

    Meanwhile, the Regional Secretary (Sekda) of West Java Province, Iwa Karniwa, who attended the coordination meeting, emphasized the importance of increasing the effectiveness and strengthening of drug and food supervision.

    One of them is through the Instruction of the President of the Republic of Indonesia Number 3 of 2017 concerning Increasing the Effectiveness of Food and Drug Control. This Instruction instructs the governor to:

    1. Improve coordination of drug and food supervision;

    2. Supervise hazardous materials and issue Siup B2 for Registered Hazardous Material Retailers (PT-B2) in accordance with statutory provisions;

    3. Conduct a review of the issuance of recognition of branch pharmaceutical wholesalers and small-scale business permits for traditional medicines according to standards and requirements;

    4. Conduct administrative sanctions;

    5. Implement a database information system and report on the recognition of branch pharmaceutical wholesalers and small-scale traditional drug business licenses by referring to information systems developed by the ministry of health and / or drug and food regulatory agencies;

    6. Report the implementation of their duties as referred to in this Presidential Instruction to the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture with copies to the Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Health, and Head of the Drug and Food Supervisory Agency.

    While administrative sanctions, Iwa said that the governor could provide sanctions in the form of: revocation of recognition of branch pharmaceutical wholesalers; revocation of permits for small-scale traditional medicine; to revocation of permission from retailers of hazardous materials, based on recommendations from the Head of the Health Office and / or Head of the Drug and Food Supervisory Agency in accordance with the provisions of the legislation.

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