Opioids, Minus Addiction

Opioids have become synonymous with addiction, overdose and endless tragedy in the US—but in Uganda, low-tech, non-addictive doses of liquid morphine offer an affordable solution for poor people in extreme pain.
 
Touted as easier to make than a cup of coffee, the powdered solution is just $2.50 for a week’s supply of drinkable morphine.
 
Uganda grew access with a 2004 law that allows nurses to prescribe liquid morphine. In 2005, it became free. The availability of liquid morphine has helped spotlight palliative care solutions. But with limited funding, pain patients still take a backseat to lives that need saving.
 
NPR Goats and Soda

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