GENEVA, January 31 (Reuters / EP) –
Cancer patients in developing countries are banned from basic pain relief, often due to excessive fears of opioid abuse, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday.
Two-thirds of the industrialized countries have oral morphine, opioid, which is often used to reduce severe pain, available in more than half of their pharmacies, against only 6 per cent of poor countries, explained Dr. Cheryan Vargheze, an expert WHO.
The UN agency is issuing new guidelines to health authorities around the world to deal with the pain affecting 55 percent of cancer patients receiving treatment and two-thirds of those with advanced or terminal cancer.
"No one, neither cancer patients, nor cancer patients, should live or die with pain in the 21st century," explained dr. Etienne Krueg, director of the WHO's non-communicable diseases department. of the world (…) these drugs circulate too freely, there is a real and justified fear of it, but it should not be at the expense of those who live in pain or die of pain. "
The epidemic of opioid overdose in the United States, caused in part by excess recipes, lasted more than 49,000 lives last year, fueling fear of addiction elsewhere.
The WHO guidelines provide strict safety measures for the administration of dependent substances such as morphine, but say that in oral form it is "an essential treatment for moderate to severe cancer pain."
Each year there are 18.1 million new cases of cancer in the world, and one in six deaths, about 9.6 million, due to the disease, says WHO in a report on the World Day of Cancer of the 4th. February