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Cancer patients in poor countries are unnecessarily denied pain relief under WHO

Published on 1931/2019 18:55:16CET

GENEVA, Jan 31 (Reuters / EP) –

In developing countries, cancer patients are denied basic pain relief, often due to excessive fear of opioid abuse, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday.

Two-thirds of industrialized countries have oral morphine – an opioid widely used to relieve severe pain and available in more than half of pharmacies, only 6% of poor countries, Dr. Cherian Varghese, expert WHO.

The UN agency is issuing new guidelines for healthcare institutions around the world to address the pain of 55 percent of cancer patients receiving treatment and two-thirds of those with advanced or terminal cancer.

"No one, no patients with cancer or patients with no cancer, lives or dies in the 21st century," the lecturer instructor Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of WHO Department of Non-Infectious Diseases. in the world (…) these drugs are distributed too freely, there is a real and justified fear of it, but it should not count on those who are in pain or pain.

The Opioid Overdose Epidemic in the United States, partly due to prescription surpluses, claimed over 49,000 lives last year, contributing to the fear of addiction elsewhere.

The WHO guidelines set strict safeguards for the introduction of addictive substances such as morphine, but to say that it is "an essential treatment for moderate to severe cancer pain" in its oral diversity.

There are 18.1 million new cases of cancer every year in the world, and one in six deaths, about 9.6 million, is linked to the disease in the WHO World Cancer Day 4th. In February

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