When it comes to opium production, India is one of the largest producers and exporters of opium. But while India supplies the world with opioids—the cheapest, most effective painkillers out there—the story back home is very different. We are only equipped to provide opioids for 40,000 patients—less than 1% of the national requirement. At the moment, opioid painkillers are used mostly as anaesthesia for severe cases such as road accidents or surgeries.

The needs of others who can also benefit from opioids, however, are not being met.


Tanvi Joshi

Tanvi is a pharmacist, public health practitioner and marketer. A Boston University alumnus, Tanvi writes about healthcare, brands, and culture. She was previously seen at the New England Journal of Medicine and Avegen, and is now with Jigsaw Brand Consultants where she develops market strategies for brands using customer insights. In her free time, she hums, strums and writes poetry.

View Full Profile

Sign up to our India edition to read this story instantly

To sign up, you’ll create an account that will give you access to a new free story published once a week and archive of 214+ previously published free stories from our India edition. You’ll also receive one email every morning from us introducing the day’s story.

If you’ve already signed up, just enter your email below or login using Facebook or Google.