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Improving the availability and accessibility of opioids for the treatment of pain: The International Pain Policy Fellowship

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Bosnjak S, Maurer MA, Ryan KM, Leon MX, Madiye G. Improving the availability and accesibility of opioids for the treatment of pain: The International Pain Policy Fellowship. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer 2011;19:1239-1247.

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Bosnjak S, Maurer MA, Ryan KM, Leon MX, Madiye G. Improving the availability and accesibility of opioids for the treatment of pain: The International Pain Policy Fellowship. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer 2011;19:1239-1247.

Opioid analgesics are simultaneously indispensable medicines for the treatment of moderate to severe pain and harmful when abused. The challenge for governments is to balance the obligation to prevent diversion, trafficking and abuse of opioids with the equally important obligation to ensure their availability and accessibility for the relief of pain and suffering. Over the last 30 years, significant progress has been made toward improving access to opioids as measured by increasing global medical opioid consumption.

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