The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs needs your help

Categories: Policy.

The Commission on Narcotic Drugs is calling for submissions on the lack of access to essential controlled medicines, ahead of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs to be held in 2016.

Drug policy laws, enacted to prevent diversion and abuse, have resulted in the unwanted consequence of restricting access to pain control in more than 83% of the world, according to the World Health Organization and the International Narcotics Control Board.

The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs (UNGASS) offers an opportunity to change this focus and ensure that all those who need it have access to essential medicines and palliative care services.

“It is crucial that civil society organisations having direct knowledge of barriers to access to essential pain medicines send a message through the civil society link on the UNGASS website,” Katherine writes.

Read Katherine’s article on the UNGASS and why it’s important to add your voice on the EAPC blog.

Read more about the work of IAHPC online.