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The World Health Organization Model List of Essential Medicines for Palliative Care

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published the new editions of the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines for Adults and for Children. The new editions of the model lists include several changes, two of which are very important for the field of palliative care.

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A report of the "Access to Opioid Medication in Europe" meeting in Budapest.

Katherine Pettus, of the International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care, (IAHPC), reports on the work of the ATOME Project, with translations in French and Spanish.

Located within the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) pages, a PDF of the report can also be downloaded from the link.

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Treatment Guidelines on Pain

The WHO Access to Controlled Medications Programme identified the development of treatment guidelines that cover the treatment of all types of pain as one of the core areas of focus for improving access to opioid analgesics.

The WHO Guidelines on the Pharmacological Treatment of Persisting Pain in Children with Medical Illnesses are evidence-based, following the procedures and methods prescribed by the WHO Guidelines Review Committee. These guidelines and related documents can be downloaded free of charge. Their content is based on a scoping document.

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National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines: opioids in palliative care

This web-based clinical guideline offers evidence-based advice on safe and effective prescribing of strong opioids for pain relief in adults with advanced and progressive disease.

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WHO Access and Control Newsletter

The newsletters found on this page will update you on both issues of drug control as well as access to controlled medicines, especially if the World Health Organization is involved. Generally speaking, these issues will be any matter related to the evaluation of substances within the framework of the UN drug conventions, especially the 1961 and 1971 Conventions, and any matter related to WHO's Access to Controlled Medications Programme (ACMP) The newsletter will be published at irregular intervals, but certainly not more than once a month.

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The European Legal Database on Drugs (ELDD)

The European Legal Database on Drugs (ELDD) is the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) online database of information on European drugs-related legislation for the Member States and Norway. Information for the candidate countries is being added as it becomes available. The database contains:

  • Legal texts in their original formats to allow researchers and analysts to consult original data sources directly, an indispensable tool for monitoring and analysing legislative developments in the Member States.
  • Country profiles of the national situation in the EU Member States, which have been compiled from reports submitted by the Reitox National focal points and from the texts of national laws and regulations.
  • Legal reports including detailed reports and publications on various aspects relevant to the legal situation in the EU Member States.
  • Brief Topic overviews include summary tables that give a quick overview of the legal position of EU countries with regard to illicit drugs
  • News and Registration features which enable users to keep abreast of new developments.

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International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC)

The mission of the IAHPC is to collaborate and work to improve the quality of life of patients with advanced life-threatening conditions and their families, by advancing hospice and palliative care programs, education, research, and favorable policies around the world.

In the December 2011 newsletter, ATOME's Lukas Radbruch discusses Availability and accessibility of opioid medications in Europe.

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The Pain Project

The Pain Project is a website that chronicles an investigation by the International Reporting Program at the University of British Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism into the lack of access to pain medication around the world.

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"Treat the Pain / LIFE Before Death"

A series of current and archived videos - now available for viewing, downloading and discussing. Start with the current video at the following link:

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International Palliative Care Resource Center (IPCRC)

Dedicated to making palliative care resources accessible for health care professionals and building palliative care capacity worldwide.

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Revised publication - The Global State of Harm Reduction 2010 (At-a-glance)

Global State of Harm Reduction 2010 at a glance provides an overview of Harm Reduction International's second major report in the Global State of Harm Reduction series, in a leaflet and poster format. It contains a summary of the key findings from the report, including those on the adoption and coverage of key harm reduction interventions and the extent to which harm reduction is funded around the world.

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Revised publication - The Global State of Harm Reduction 2010

Published in April 2010 - The Global State of Harm Reduction 2010: Key Issues for Broadening the Response - is the second major report in the series. It provides a region-by-region update of key developments in harm reduction since the first Global State report was released in 2008. It also explores several issues key to the response to drug-related harms worldwide, including increasing access to harm reduction in prisons and other places of detention, reaching people who use drugs with diagnosis, treatment and care for viral hepatitis and tuberculosis, preventing overdose-related mortality among people who use drugs, preventing and treating injecting-related bacterial infections, expanding the response to harms related to amphetamine use and addressing the current shortage of funds for harm reduction worldwide.

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Map representations are for illustration purposes only and are not accurate representations of national boundaries.

Language translations, where provided, have not been verified. ATOME cannot be held responsible for inaccuracies in the translated word.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme [FP7/2007-2013] under grant agreement no 222994

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