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 Posted: Tue Sep 11th, 2007 06:00 pm
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Joe Kelley

 

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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/10/health/10pain.html?ex=1347163200&en=6b9e294119deb150&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

Like millions of others in the world’s poorest countries, she is destined to die in pain. She cannot get the drug she needs — one that is cheap, effective, perfectly legal for medical uses under treaties signed by virtually every country, made in large quantities, and has been around since Hippocrates praised its source, the opium poppy. She cannot get morphine.

That is not merely because of her poverty, or that of Sierra Leone. Narcotics incite fear: doctors fear addicting patients, and law enforcement officials fear drug crime. Often, the government elite who can afford medicine for themselves are indifferent to the sufferings of the poor.