Saturday, November 17, 2007

Millions around the world die in pain due to morphine bans

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Millions of people around the world die in severe pain due to bans of morphine, reports The New York Times. While poverty plays a role, doctors also fear law enforcement of morphine bans.

The World Health Organization estimates that 4.8 million people around the world suffer with moderate to severe cancer pain in addition to millions who suffer needless from late-state AIDS pain. At pain conferences, doctors from Africa describe patients whose pain is so bad that they throw themselves in front of trucks.

In another related article, the newspaper examines the slow movement of the Japanese culture away from the fear of painkillers.
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[Source: The Cancer Blog]

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