CND Day 3 – Germany’s plenary statement on availability of narcotic drugs for medical and scientific purposes

Applauded the efforts of the World Health Organisation to ensure the availability of opioids and analgesics. Historically, physicians and patients were concerned about addiction but research showed that such instances were rare.

The use of opioids also found that use of opioids was stigmatised as end of life treatment. But studies and positive experiences in studies of cancer patients showed the efficacy of opioids for pain therapy. Patients with moderate to severe pain can be treated adequately. Opioid therapy does not lead to addiction and welcomes the use of such availability in other countries. Medically controlled drugs can result in pain free patients with better quality of life.

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