"The undertreatment of pain caused by cancer and other conditions is a global health tragedy," write the authors of a Lancet Comment. Noting a resolution adopted by the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs, which called on states to "improve the availability" of opioid analgesics, the authors write that "the challenge for the global health community now is to ensure that the resolution is implemented to end the pain and suffering of millions of people around the world." They conclude that HIV/AIDS, cancer, human rights and drug treatment non-governmental organizations "have an important role" in translating the Commission's resolution "into effective pain relief, palliative care, and drug-treatment programmes" (Liberman et al., 9/11).
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