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.
- 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.