As a palliative care doctor in Kerala, India, M.R. Rajagopal, MD, sees suffering every day. Often, that suffering could be alleviated with inexpensive opioid medications, but pain killers are largely unavailable to poor people in India and around the world.

In 2014, a couple named Thampan and Padmini sat in a hospital room in the Kasaragod district of India watching their 9-year-old son as he suffered from agonizing pain in the end-stages of a terminal disease. His 2 siblings had already died, reportedly from the effects of…

A below-the-radar opioid crisis is brewing in Africa as Tramadol pain pills flood the market. Tramadol offers a cheap and easily-accessible high similar to heroin. A key source of inexpensive pain relief in the developing world, the WHO has avoided regulating the drug.

Patients in rural Guatemala who need opioids for their chronic pain face unnecessary red tape that deprives them of access to treatment, writes Harvard Medical School student Jillian Moore.   She says patients must find a physician willing to prescribe opioids, purchase…

Against the backdrop of the US opioid crisis, patients in pain are opting for what might prove to be a safer alternative: smoking marijuana. After hearing from several patients who have made that choice, Connecticut surgeon James Feeney decided to mount a study comparing…

Resolutions for Global Health Many freshly minted New Year’s resolutions are likely linked to personal health goals (exercise more, cut back on soda, quit smoking?) that fell by the wayside in 2015. But on the global health scale, numerous serious problems…

As if on queue to Whitney Ewing’s commentary, the NIH has published a new analysis that demonstrates just how dire of a problem pain is in America.

I’m used to being the youngest person in the waiting room. I’ve been struggling with chronic back pain since my first scoliosis spinal fusion at age 13.