INCB President visits the Vatican

The President of the International Narcotics Control Board, Mr. Raymond Yans, and the Secretary of the Board, Mr. Andrés Finguerut, visited the Vatican on 28 to 29 January 2014, as part of INCB's ongoing cooperation with Parties to the international drug control conventions.

The INCB President and Secretary met with Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, Undersecretary for Relations with States, to exchange views on the world drug situation and drug control policy of the Holy See.  A meeting with Monsignor Zygmunt Zimowski, President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, provided an opportunity to discuss the issue of prevention, particularly among youth, and access to pain medications and psychotropic substances, including through the Church's vast network of health care facilities.  The critical situation regarding access to controlled medicines in some regions of the world, e.g., in Africa, was also highlighted.

Mr. Yans also had a brief meeting with His Holiness, Pope Francis.

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