Changing views on access to essential medicines for palliative care

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The Commission on Narcotic Drugs meet last month at the Vienna International Center, under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council, to discuss “the world drug problem”.

Dr Pettus was there, representing the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC).

She writes: “The issue of lack of access to opioid analgesics in 80% of the world, drew unprecedented attention at the recent High Level Segment of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and the annual (57th) session held on 13/14 March in Vienna.”

In the blog post Dr Pettus writes about two side events and a series of speeches by member states in plenary sessions which demonstrated to delegates the harmful health effects of national and international drug control policies – read her report on the EAPC blog.

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