UN Report Reveals Discrepancy in the Availability of Narcotic Drugs

Published By : 04 Mar 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

A recent report released by the United Nations reveal that about three quarter of world’s population that roughly adds up to 5.5 billion people has little or no access to proper life saving and pain relief medications and drugs. According to the annual report for 2014 published by the United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board, a majority of world’s population has irregular access to the essential drugs, with only 17% of the global population having access to 92% of narcotic pain relievers. 

It was further mentioned in the U.N. agency report that data collected on opioid analgesics indicates, despite registering progress in some of the regions across Latin America, and East, West, and South-East Asia, about 5.5 billion people live in countries that have low level or non-existent access to proper medication that contains narcotic drugs. Hence, the situation leads to inadequacy of treatment for pain, moderate to severe. The report added that Canada, U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and Western Europe were foremost consumers or narcotic drugs or morphine. 

Both codeine and morphine are derives from opium poppy and they are used extensively as analgesics. According to the findings of the INCB report, a significant increase in the global production of chemical rich opiate raw materials has been noted, despite which the inconsistency in the availability of narcotics based drugs has widened. Addressing the concern, the report urged the governments to look into the matter to inhibit the chances of discrepancies. Apart from this the report also mentioned that armed conflicts and natural disasters across the world have also adversely affected the availability of essential medication and life saving drugs. INCB also expressed its concerns pertaining to the enhanced use of new variety of “mind-altering” or psychoactive medication that could have adverse health implications and could trigger major public health threat emerging as a global phenomenon. 
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