Fear and Confusion
It is largely the international drug control system, in trying to stop the misuse of drugs like heroin, which is preventing access to medicines like morphine, for the treatment of pain.10 Mar 2016
Regulations to prevent the use of drugs like heroin have unnecessarily created an atmosphere of fear when it comes to prescribing what are in essence similar drugs for the treatment of pain.
Even in countries where effort has been made to address the excessive red tape to prescribe controlled medicines there are still significant training needs for medical staff, particularly in the area of effective palliative care and treatment of pain.
There should be no reason why it is not possible to reduce the harm created by the misuse of drugs like heroin, while at the same time ensuring that drugs like morphine are readily available for the treatment of pain.
Perhaps of greatest importance are national public information programmes on the basic human right of access to medicine to alleviate otherwise intolerable pain. These will also be part of the campaign.
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