Restrictive drug control regimes limit the availability of controlled medications for pain relief and treatment of drug dependence in much of the world, condemning tens of millions of people to needless suffering every year. According to the UN, over 75 percent of the world’s population—5.5 billion people—live in countries with little or no access to these medicines. Imposing excessive restrictions on access violates both the UN drug conventions and the international right to health.
Stop the Harm is calling on countries to review their drug policies to ensure no one is deprived of needed medical treatment.
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