September 16, 2019
 In Opioid Crisis

Country: Republic of Korea
Delegate Name: Tristan Gerville-Reache

The Opioid Crisis has been pertinent for decades. In the 1980s, the distribution of opioids for non-cancer pains increased significantly; because of this, a genuine problem began with opioid abuse and the overdistribution of opioids. Opioids, being powerful as they are, target opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects. They are thus used as a narcotic to temporarily diminish pain. The Republic of Korea has very little distribution of opioids, and we encourage other countries to follow in our lead.

The Republic of Korea possesses few issues regarding opioids. Opioid use in the Republic of Korea increased between 2009 and 2013; but since then, the number of opioids distributed has been steadily decreasing. Of the opioids being distributed in the Republic of Korea, the majority are very weak, and the stronger ones are usually only distributed to in-patients at hospitals.

The Republic of Korea looks favorably upon lessening the distribution of Opioids worldwide. The Korean National Healthcare System (NHS) believes in government-monitored opioid distribution, and careful prescription diagnosis for those who are in need of such a powerful medicine. The Republic of Korea believes in alternate solutions to cure chronic pain and suggests prescribing opioids as a last resort.

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