Asra Husain (@asra_husain) and I are currently on our way to Bucharest, Romania to participate in a workshop coordinated by the Access to Opioid Medication in Europe (ATOME) project. This project, funded by the European Commission is bringing together a group of organizations that includes EAPC, WPCA, WHO and PPSG that will work with the governments of 12 countries in Eastern Europe to identify and remove barriers that prevent access to opioids for both pain control and the treatment of opioid dependency syndrome.
It is fitting that this project is hosted in Romania. The country that is the model for this projects is Romania, whose palliative care leaders, especially Dr Daniela Mosoiu, in collaboration with PPSG, brought about significant changes in their country’s opioid laws (Lancet, 2006).
The current opioid profiles for the countries attending the first workshop are available at the links below.
Join me in wishing the workshop participants the best for the week ahead!