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Access To Palliative Care Treatments, Including Opioids, Difficult In Developing Countries, Hindered By Fear Of Misuse Epidemic

New York Times: ‘Opiophobia’ Has Left Africa in Agony
“…[H]ow … can [palliative care experts] help the 25 million people who die in agony each year in poor and middle-income countries without risking an American-style overdose epidemic abroad or triggering opposition from Western legislators and philanthropists for whom ‘opioid’ has become a dirty word. … A recent major study by The Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief described a ‘broad and deep abyss’ in access to painkillers between rich countries and poor ones…” (McNeil, 12/4).

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