US drug overdose deaths: a global challenge

The Lancet, Volume 387, No. 10017, p404, 30 January 2016
“Globally, the consumption of opiates has more than tripled in the past 20 years, yet access to drugs for medical purposes and pain relief is extremely low in countries such as India and China where strict laws or reduced market incentives exist regarding access to morphine and general use analgesics. As the global burden of non-communicable diseases increases (including late-stage cancers), the right to access pain management has never been more apparent. Doctors must be empowered to treat pain proactively, but also engage and be vocal in tailoring policy to address community gaps in pain and substance abuse management.”
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