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A Sip Of Morphine: Uganda's Old-School Solution To A Shortage Of Painkillers

sekio

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In the United States, drugmakers have flooded the market with powerful, sophisticated opioids. And that's fueled an epidemic of addiction. But across Africa many patients can't afford even mild painkillers — let alone medications to help people in extreme pain.

Uganda has come up with a solution that goes back to basics with one of the world's original painkillers: morphine.

The government mixes a powdered form of the drug with water to create a drinkable analgesic that officials say has provided patients with effective relief without giving rise to widespread addiction. Just as important, it's cheap.

At a medical clinic in the capital, Kampala, Nurse Resty Nakanwagi pulls out two bottles of the stuff and sets them on a table in front of a patient.

"So, this is the morphine," Nakanwagi says. "You are going to take this every four hours, okay? Then at night you make it a double dose."

Nakanwagi typically provides a two-week supply of the liquid for patients to drink at home.
 

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Saw this article. Makes sense. Wow, a shithole country has better solutions (no pun intended) to pain problems than the “greatest” country in the world! Why am I not surprised?
 

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I don't see why they can't just grow their own poppies. I bet there's not only an entourage effect (as in cannabis), but it would be cheaper, and more so, the effects last much longer than just morphine.
 
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