Access to basic pain-killing medications is something that many countries and communities take for granted. However, because of antiquated Soviet-era laws and fears of drug trafficking, Armenians lack access to one of the most effective forms of pain relief, oral opioids. According to Armenian law, only cancer patients can receive opioids, effectively leaving thousands of other patients to suffer needlessly. Although oral morphine is generally used in hospitals around the world, the government fears that legalization of opioids will lead to black market distribution and addiction. This video was made as part of a campaign advocating for greater accessibility to palliative care.
Armenian Version: vimeo.com/50610266