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Global Commission on Drug Policy. (2015) The negative impact of drug control on public health: the global crisis of avoidable pain. Geneva: Global Commission on Drug Policy. 28 p.

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Ninety-two percent of the world’s supply of morphine is consumed by just 17 percent of the global population, with consumption primarily concentrated in the global north and 75 percent of the world’s population does not have access to any pain relieving drugs. The reasons for this have little to do with issues of cost or scarcity of supplies- and everything to do with with the prohibition and repressive stand the world has taken on drugs. This Global Commission report explores the current crisis related to the lack of access to controlled medicines and makes concrete policy recommendations to Member States and UN agencies on ways to improve these conditions.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Date:October 2015
Pages:28 p.
Publisher:Global Commission on Drug Policy
Corporate Creators:Global Commission on Drug Policy
Place of Publication:Geneva
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Substance by legal status > Prescription drug (medicine / medication)
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
MM-MO Crime and law > Substance use laws > Drug laws
VA Geographic area > International aspects

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