Opioid availability in Latin America: the Santo Domingo report progress since the Declaration of Florianopolis

J Pain Symptom Manage. 1997 Apr;13(4):213-9. doi: 10.1016/s0885-3924(96)00325-9.


The World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated that opioid analgesics are insufficiently available, particularly in developing countries, due to a variety of reasons, including legislative, educational, and policy issues. In its effort to promote the rational use of medical opioids and the adequate treatment of patients with cancer, WHO has sponsored a meeting of Latin American representatives every 2 years, which includes health professionals and government regulators. During March 24-27, 1996, a group of 86 representatives of cancer pain relief and palliative care programs from nine Latin American countries met in Santo Domingo under the auspices of the WHO Palliative Care Program for Latin America. For the first time since the First Latin American Meeting, government regulators were present to help address the issue of opioid availability from their perspective. During the meeting, issues pertaining to cancer pain, opioid availability, and palliative care were discussed. This report summarizes some of the events and presents a summary of the conclusions of an earlier meeting in 1994, as described in the Declaration of Florianopolis, and presents its follow-up, The Santo Domingo Report, generated following the 1996 meeting.

MeSH terms

  • Analgesics, Opioid*
  • Drug and Narcotic Control
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Latin America
  • Legislation, Drug


  • Analgesics, Opioid