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Excerpt from article A Painful reality: Unequal access to Opioids in Developing Nations

"It is clear that the ripples of the American opioid epidemic are being felt around the globe. Because of this epidemic the word "opioid" has acquired a harshly negative subtext. Legislators
And philanthropists in the developing world are now opposing the import of opioids out of fear that increasing availability will trigger another epidemic of addiction abroad. Meg O'Brien founder of Treat the pain, a group devoted to bringing palliative care to developing
Countries believes this "opiophobia" is illogical. As she stated in a recent interview, "The U.S. also has an obesity epidemic, but no one is proposing we withhold food aid from South Sudan". The most recent World Health Organization List of Essential Medicines
Include 14 palliative care medications including morphine and codeine. Therefore governments restricting opioid imports due to fear of an American style epidemic is a marked overreaction that fundamentally denies its people medicines that are part of the "minimum"
Medical needs for a basic health care system." #treatpain
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