Framework: Access to Controlled Medications Programme

The Single Convention on Narcotic drugs, as amended by the 1972 Protocol emphasizes that adequate provision of narcotic drugs for the relief of pain and suffering must be made.

Statistical data reported by governments to INCB on consumption of opioids under international control indicate significant disparities in consumption levels among countries.

Controlled substances must be regulated. If these regulations are applied in an inappropriately restrictive manner, they become impediments to access to adequate patient care.

  • Access to controlled medicines

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