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UNODC Drug Prevention and Health Branch. [UNODC] (2011) Ensuring availability of controlled medications for the relief of pain and preventing diversion and abuse: Striking the right balance to achieve the optimal public health outcome. Vienna: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 24 p.

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Contents
• Purpose of this Discussion Paper . p.1
• Background—the indispensability of controlled medicines p.1
• UNODC’s informal technical consultation on pain treatment p.3
• Appropriate pain treatment . p.4
• Developmental aspects of access to controlled medicines . p.6
• Convention control measures to ensure safety and availability p.7
• Impediments to availability of opioid analgesics p.8
• Regulatory impediments p.8
• Attitude and knowledge impediments p.9
• Economic and procurement impediments . p.10
• Action to enhance access to opioid analgesics and to prevent diversion and abuse . p.11
• Recommendations . p.11
• Role of UNODC . p.12
• A joint UNODC-WHO programme on access to controlled medications . . . p.12
• Areas for immediate action . p.14


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