Heard the tail-end of a report on the radio today, which said access to morphine for end of life pain relief is tightening world-wide. This, at a time when we also hear governments are concerned access to addictive drugs such as morphine is too easy. We need to get the balance right.
A World Health Organisation report of August 2017 says:
- Each year, an estimated 40 million people are in need of palliative care, 78% of them people live in low- and middle-income countries.
- Worldwide, only about 14% of people who need palliative care currently receive it.
- Overly restrictive regulations for morphine and other essential controlled palliative medicines deny access to adequate pain relief and palliative care.