2-page fact-sheet

Download our fact sheet: Fact sheet.pdf

Interactive map

World map

We have created an interactive map with data on the need and demand for pain relief around the world.

Look at the map here

Facts by country

Download 2-page fact sheets with data for a particular country: Country reports

Data analysis methodology

Want to know how we come up with our estimates? Our methodology

Regulation of narcotics

Many essential pain medicines are narcotics regulated by the International Narcotics Control Board. Learn about their regulation here.


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  2. World Health Organization. Cancer Pain Relief with a Guide to Opioid Availability. Geneva: WHO; 1996.
  3. United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Narcotic Drugs: Estimated World Requirements for 2015; Statistics for 2013 [E/INCB/2014/1] [Internet]. 2014 [cited 2016 April 29].