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India: Opioid availability - An update

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Rajagopal MR, Joranson DE. India: opioid availability. An update. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007;33:615-622.

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Rajagopal MR, Joranson DE. India: opioid availability. An update. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007;33:615-622.

In India, a million people with cancer and an unknown number of people with other incurable and disabling diseases, need opioids for pain relief. Only about 0.4% of the population in need have access to them. Major barriers to access to opioids are complicated regulations and problems related to attitude and knowledge regarding pain relief and opioids among professionals and the public.

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