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Asia-Pacific's poor dying in pain from lack of infrastructure: UN report

XinHua2016-03-03

Asia-Pacific's poor dying in pain from lack of infrastructure: UN report SYDNEY, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Increased infrastructure in low and middle-income countries is essential to stopping the world's poor from dying excruciatingly painful deaths, the United Nation's drug monitoring body says. Countries of the Asia-Pacific still have inadequate supply of pain medications despite their global use more than doubling since the beginning of the century, the International Narcotics Control Board's (INCB's) annual report, released on Thursday (local time) shows. "It's a really important issue that has to be dealt with," INCB board member, University of New South Wales professor of drug and alcohol studies, Richard Mattick told Xinhua. "Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand consume 96 percent of the world's opioids." At the same time, there has also been an increase in the abuse of prescription drugs and related overdose deaths in countries with high per capita consumption of opioid medications, the report shows. The imbalance is particularly worrying given conditions that require pain management medication, namely cancer, are prevalent and increasing in low and middle-income countries. Mattick said access to pain relief is as a matter of infrastructure, including regulatory and distribution systems, adequately trained medical professionals and "more than that... money." "People around the world are dying in incredible pain because of a lack of resources," Mattick said. Enditem

Asia-Pacific's poor dying in pain from lack of infrastructure: UN report
SYDNEY, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Increased infrastructure in low and middle-income countries is essential to stopping the world's poor from dying excruciatingly painful deaths, the United Nation's drug monitoring body says.
Countries of the Asia-Pacific still have inadequate supply of pain medications despite their global use more than doubling since the beginning of the century, the International Narcotics Control Board's (INCB's) annual report, released on Thursday (local time) shows.
"It's a really important issue that has to be dealt with," INCB board member, University of New South Wales professor of drug and alcohol studies, Richard Mattick told Xinhua.
"Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand consume 96 percent of the world's opioids."
At the same time, there has also been an increase in the abuse of prescription drugs and related overdose deaths in countries with high per capita consumption of opioid medications, the report shows.
The imbalance is particularly worrying given conditions that require pain management medication, namely cancer, are prevalent and increasing in low and middle-income countries.
Mattick said access to pain relief is as a matter of infrastructure, including regulatory and distribution systems, adequately trained medical professionals and "more than that... money."
"People around the world are dying in incredible pain because of a lack of resources," Mattick said. Enditem

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