BANDUNG-Swamedikasi CITY (self-medication) or treatment efforts undertaken by the community before visiting health care facilities are often an option, including for residents of West Java.
Therefore, the Provincial Government of West Java (West Java) appreciates the efforts of the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) and the West Java Indonesian Pharmacist Association (IAI) in raising public awareness of the impact of drug waste.
"Problems with the use of drugs in the community are found in the process of self-medication which is done incorrectly," said Plh. Regional Secretary of West Java Province Daud Achmad in the Dago Car Free Day (CFD) area, Bandung City, Sunday (1/9/19).
In the National Action activities on Eradicating Illegal Drugs and Drug Abuse: 'Lets Get Rid of Drug Waste!' The Illegal Drug Alert Movement, Daud said that data from the National Socio-Economic Survey (Susenas) showed more than 60 percent of Indonesia's population made swamedications.
This shows that most people are accustomed to storing drugs without a prescription in their homes.
The impact of the act of choosing drugs on their own causes the destruction of expired and damaged drugs that are not handled properly.
Less than optimal elimination of drug waste can eventually lead to another problem, namely the emergence of recycled drugs.
"The concern is that there are drugs that have expired or have been damaged but have not been destroyed properly, so that they can cause problems to the environment or are recycled by irresponsible parties," Daud added.
Head of the POM Bandung Center I Gusti Ngurah Bagus Kusuma Dewa stated, proper disposal of drug waste is a community empowerment program within the framework of the Illegal Drug Alert Movement, a continuation of the Action to Eradicate Illegal Drugs and Drug Abuse launched by the President of the Republic of Indonesia.
Through the 'Let's Remove Drug!' Movement, BPOM collaborates with professional associations and other parties to educate the public on how to properly dispose of drugs.
"If the community cannot be destroyed independently, it can return the expired and damaged drug to the dropbox available at a pharmacy with a special mark, to be collected and destroyed in accordance with the provisions of cooperation with the POM," said Bagus.
As for the Deputy Chairman of the West Java IAI PD Farhan, the 'Let's Get Rid of Drug Waste!' Movement increasing the role of businesses and the public in the supervision of illegal drugs and drug abuse so as to minimize the risk of circulation of illegal drugs and fake drugs.