Global Opioid Policy Initiative: Resources

You will find below a whole host of resources to help you get involved in this important initiative

Global Opioid Initiative Policy: Individual reports 2013 & infographics

You can also view the report's Introduction and Next Steps sections.

Take a look at our 10-point plan to reduce opioid access barriers

Global Opioid Policy Initiative: Editorials

ESMO resources

ESMO & EAPC Europe-wide survey (2010):

ESMO and the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) conducted a survey (2007-2008) using standards derived from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), that exposed formulary deficiencies and excessive regulatory barriers which interfere with appropriate patient care in many European countries.

The results were published in Annals of Oncology and describe the availability and cost of opioids for cancer pain in each surveyed country, as well as different forms of regulatory restrictions.
The paper reports that urgent and intensive efforts are needed to expand partnership among advocacy initiatives by stakeholders and international organisations with authorities and regulators, particularly in the countries with the most severe restrictions for opioid availability and accessibility.

Advocacy information

Download the UICC Background document giving full details and reasons behind this important initiative.

Useful information

Related articles

Press Releases

ESMO 2012: Data presentation webcasts

Previous articles

  • Problems of opioid availability and accessibility across Europe: ESMO tackles the regulatory causes of intolerable and needless suffering. N. I. Cherny, R. Catane, P. A. Kosmidis. Ann Oncol (June 2006) 17 (6): 885-887 first published online April 20, 2006 doi:10.1093/annonc/mdl073