For Quality of Death, East Doesn’t Meet West

By 2006, the average per person morphine consumption in Western Europe was 12X that of Eastern Europe—and the divide remains stark. Before the palliative care movement took off in the 1960s, Europe’s morphine consumption was more even.
 
A Soviet legacy and “tough it out” culture have drawn palliative care border lines—as has fear of opioid abuse, bringing tighter regulations, particularly in the East. Some countries have loosened prescribing rules, but the US opioid crisis could mean countries pull back the reins.
 
And then there’s Brexit, which could hamper collaborative research in the palliative care movement led by UK pain researchers.
 
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