INCB Annual report reveals that 5.5 billion people worldwide lack access to essential pain relief

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has launched its Annual Report for 2014, which reveals that around 5.5 billion people – or 75% of the world’s population – have limited or no access proper pain relief treatment.

The report, launched on 5th March in London, UK,

  • calls for ensuring access to essential medicines, including in emergency and conflict situations;
  • draws attention to the continued threat posed by new psychoactive substances and
  • growing use of methylphenidate;
  • alerts about deviations from the international drug control conventions; and
  • calls for a balanced approach to drug control, greater demand reduction efforts, respect for human rights, and renews appeal for abolishing the death penalty for drug-related offences.

Read more here or alternatively, click here for INCB’s full report.

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