According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cancer patients in developing countries are being denied basic pain relief. This often happened because of fears about opioid abuse, which are used as an analgesic.
According to the WHO expert Dr Cherian Varghese, today, most industrialized countries use oral morphine, an opioid to take away severe pain. However, in drugstores in developing countries, these drugs are rarely seen.
Fears in developing countries are caused by an overdose epidemic in the United States that was allegedly caused by over-prescription.
Nobody, cancer patients or not cancer patients, should live or die in pain in the 21st century. In some parts of the world… these drugs circulate too freely and are used for addictions,” he added. “There is a real, justified fear of that, but it should not come at the expense of those who live in pain or die in pain.” Dr Etienne Krug, director of WHO’s department of noncommunicable diseases said.