is a broad term that refers to the rules of conduct with binding legal force, adopted by governments at the international, federal, state or local levels. Laws can be found in treaties, constitutional provisions, decisions of the court, statutes and regulations. A number of laws have been adopted by states concerning pain management.
- International Narcotics Control Board. 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs: Part 1: The International Control System for Narcotic Drugs. Vienna, Austria: International Narcotics Control Board, 2005. (Available at http://www.incb.org/pdf/e/estim/trainmat/NAR_1%20English%202005.pdf).
- World Health Organization. Achieving balance in national opioids control policy: Guidelines for assessment. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 2000.
- Morgan JP. American opiophobia: Customary underutilization of opioid analgesics. In: Hill CS, Fields WS, eds. Advances in Pain Research and Therapy, Volume 11. vol. 11. New York, NY: Raven Press, 1989:181-189.
- Bennett DS, Carr DB. Opiophobia as a barrier to the treatment of pain. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother 2002;16:105-109.
- International Association for the Study of Pain. International Association for the Study of Pain Web site. http://www.iasp-pain.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=General_Resource_Links&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=3058
- World Health Organization. National cancer control programmes: policies and managerial guidelines. Second ed. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 2002. (Available at http://www.who.int/cancer/nccp/nccp/en/).
- Controlled Substances Act, 812, Schedules of controlled substances.
- District Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District.676 So.2d 1380, June 26, 1996.
- World Health Organization. WHO expert committee on drug dependence: thirty-fourth report. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 2006. (Available at http://www.who.int/medicines/areas/quality_safety/WHO_TRS_942.pdf)
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