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Pain-relief shortage in poorer countries ‘due to stigma of US opioids crisis’

By Kaamil Ahmed

04 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

You should read this because people in regions that are already under resourced are suffering needlessly. The opioid crisis has a complex genesis—to simply demonise a drug is a reductive coverup.

Palliative doctors call for relaxation of laws to redress huge unmet need for drugs among majority of world’s population

Patients suffering chronic pain are being denied treatment in low-income countries because of restrictive laws and concerns about opioid addiction, which have been fuelled by the crisis engulfing the US.

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