Access to Opioids
“It’s not right to walk away from suffering when we can take action to relieve it.”
Around 11 million Asians a year will die in pain and distress because they lack access to pain medications.
Over regulation, fear and ignorance are some of the obstacles between Opioid pain medications and patients in need of pain relief.
What can we do about this?
WHO Ensuring balance in national policies on controlled substances, including WHO Checklist (page 47).
Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961
(As amended by the 1972 Protocol amending the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961).
Learn more about pain and morphine…
Toward Safe Accessibility of Opioid Pain Medicines in Vietnam and Other Developing Countries: A Balanced Policy Method.
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