Balance is the key of our work at Pain and Policy Studies Group. Yes, “improving global pain relief by achieving balanced access to opioids worldwide.”
From the 2010 Commission on Narcotic Drugs resolution on opioid availability:
“The central principle of “balance” represents a dual obligation of governments to establish a system of control that ensures the adequate availability of controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes, while simultaneously preventing abuse, diversion and trafficking. Many controlled medicines are essential medicines and are absolutely necessary for the relief of pain, treatment of illness and the prevention of premature death. To ensure the rational use of these medicines, governments should both enable and empower healthcare professionals to prescribe, dispense and administer them according to the individual medical needs of patients, ensuring that a sufficient supply is available to meet those needs. While misuse of controlled substances poses a risk to society, the system of control is not intended to be a barrier to their availability for medical and scientific purposes, nor interfere in their legitimate medical use for patient care.”
Further posts on the issue of balance are below.
- Balance in the effort for freedom from pain
- Balancing medical use with the growing danger of prescription drug diversions
- Pain medicines from the police station, now thats not balance! “Pain Control in Georgia.”