Adequacy of global opioid analgesic consumption: part 1

With Dr Willem Scholten  |  24 Jul 2014  |  Print

In this video presentation, Dr Willem Scholten explains the social geography of the adequacy of opioid analgesic consumption, arguing that there is currently a global crisis. Dr Scholten points out that 4.65 billion people live in countries where medical opioid consumption is close to zero, which in practice means that each year there are 7.2 million patients (cancer, HIV and lethal injuries) who are not treated for their pain, while between 8 million and 40 million surgery patients find themselves in the same situation.