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The International Narcotics Control Board needs your help to complete a crucial survey on access to controlled medicines in your country or region

29 March 2018

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) requests civil society organisations, including all palliative care associations, to complete a crucial survey on access to controlled medicines in their countries and regions.

The information collected in this survey will help the INCB to ensure that narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances are available for medical and scientific purposes - such as opioid medications for pain management - while ensuring that these substances are not diverted for illicit purposes.

While most narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances controlled under the international drug control treaties are indispensable in medical practice, adequate availability remains a major concern for the United Nations and for people across the globe. 

The INCB is mandated to monitor the implementation of the international drug control conventions (the Single Convention on Narcotics Drugs of 1961, as amended by the 1972 Protocol, the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances, and the 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) to ensure adequate availability of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for medical and scientific purposes while ensuring that such drugs are not diverted for illicit purposes.
 
In this context, with a view to developing the progress report for 2019 based on the widest possible amount of reliable data, INCB is asking for support from the civil society organizations to provide supplementary information at the national level on the situation in the consumption of and access to internationally controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes. This information could include also statistics, data, studies and academic articles.

This questionnaire consists of questions related to the availability of narcotic drugs subject to international control under the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, as well as to the availability of psychotropic substances subject to international control under the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances.  

This is your opportunity to contribute essential information that will inform the work of the INCB in ensuring balance in the implementation of international drug control conventions. Please answer the questions below as fully as possible and submit the questionnaire by 10 April 2018.

You can find the survey online here: https://goo.gl/forms/oaRENjFgGyEh62072

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