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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Davis & Anderson on Therapeutic Opioids

Corey S. Davis and Evan D. Anderson (Gillings School of Global Public Health and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law) have posted Breaking the Cycle of Preventable Suffering: Fulfilling the Principle of Balance (Temple International & Comparative Law Journal, Vol. 24, No. 2, p. 329, 2010) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: 

Therapeutic opioids are essential for anesthesia and palliative care and have proven highly effective in reducing the harms associated with use of illicit drugs. Yet, access to therapeutic opioids remains strikingly inadequate in much of the world, resulting in preventable suffering on a vast scale. Many of the impediments to access are found in overly restrictive law, policy and regulation at the national level. Although countries are required by international conventions to place certain controls on opioids, many national regulatory regimes far exceed the requirements of international law. This paper supports that model by illustrating the considerable latitude that countries have to adopt national laws that fulfill the requirements of international drug law.

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