Uganda's Solution For Treating Extreme Pain

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In the US. Drugmakers have flooded the country with these powerful. We're foles sophisticated opioids that are at the center of the OPIOID epidemic. That's the US opioid crisis. Right but in Uganda and in fact in a lot of African countries for years they've been dealing with their own opioid crisis. which is the opposite issue patients? There don't have enough access to major painkillers. Why is is a combination of governments not spending on it not making it a priority which when it comes to an internationally controlled narcotic substance? There's a lot of red tape. So there's not many options beyond simple painkillers. Like ibuprofen seat him in offend a lot of tylenol. That's not usually enough for people in extreme pain like from cancer. It's GonNa feel so so horrible you just sometimes it's kind of been just end up paying undue like please get me through these. Please get me through this. Justin Anga has breast cancer. Hurt then metastasized. I met her at Hospice Center in Kampala. A tumor had reached her spinal cord just thirty years old but she's lost so much weight. She looks like she could be twelve. That's that's rough. Yeah really awful pain. But then a nurse gave Justina dose of Uganda's Goto solution drinkable liquid. Morphine she says the pain was gone in a matter of hours. A wind and the tone may good city game and I just drifted We do morning from Lake. Wow extra slipped to morning okay. So liquid morphine. That's I mean that's an opioid that can be addictive right. Yes but in Uganda. Health officials say they've figured out a system for how to use it effectively cheaply and safely safely to treat pain. So today on shortwave. Managing Pain in Uganda. We hear about this simple solution that they've come up with drinkable liquid morphine. It's been life changing for patients in terrible pain and not just in Uganda. It's a model that a lot of countries throughout Africa are looking to as a way to bring pain relief.

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