Catholic doctors want crackdown on hazardous pills

(UCAN) Catholic doctors have asked the Indonesian government to launch a crackdown and stop abuse of paracetamol caffeine carisoprodol (PCC) pills.

At least two children died and 76 others were hospitalized on the island of Sulawesi last week after taking the medication.

Many of them lost consciousness.

There has been a trend for teenagers to treat the pills as a ‘recreational’ drug as well as for people to take high dosages to relieve pain.

Police have arrested dozens of suspected dealers of the illegal medication in Kendari, capital of Southeast Sulawesi province.

They face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Police on Sept. 18-19 also confiscated more than 100,000 pills from several locations and closed down factories that produced them in Central and West Java. [More]