Katherine Irene Pettus, Phd, IHPC representative to IDPC.
The ATOME project is an EU funded consortium of ten academic institutions and public health organisations formed to address the crisis of access to opioids for pain relief and harm reduction in twelve target countries. In each country, local health and policy experts team up with international consultants to review legislation and clinical practice relating to all aspects of regulatory control of medical opioids. The goal is to align countries with WHO human rights and evidence based clinical standards in order to relieve avoidable suffering and improve public health outcomes, and the product will be individual country reports with targeted recommendations for legislative and policy change. Workshops have been held in Latvia, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, and most recently Hungary (see here for meeting reports).