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DRU-020: Palliative Opioid Use

Palliative Opioid Use: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) supports the United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs’ Principle of Balance (CND RESOLUTION 53/4) in ensuring the availability of prescription drugs for medical purposes while preventing abuse and diversion. The Society will work to educate physicians regarding safe and effective prescribing practices, especially for opioids and other drugs prone to misuse and abuse, and supports balanced policies and efforts to achieve this objective. The Society will also advocate for continued access to medications essential to pain management, including for cancer, palliative care and hospice patients. (HOD, 0414)