Opioids in India: Managing Pain and Addiction
Authored by: Diksha Pandey
Over the years, India has emerged as a major producer and exporter of opium. However, only a small percentage of the total domestic cultivation of opium is utilized to meet the medical needs of patients in India, an issue which lies at the core of the opioid paradox facing the country. This paper explores the delicate balance between ensuring availability of and access to opioids for medical usage, primarily for pain relief, and regulating their diversion for illicit trade, consumption and abuse.
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