The distinction between “prescribed opioids” and “prescription opioids”- lesson for India from Willem Scholten.
About 75% of fatal overdoses from prescription opioids in the U.S. occur in people who have not been prescribed opioids during the three months preceding their deaths. Thus, the majority must have obtained these prescription opioids on the black or gray market.”
Please read the blog by Mr Willem Scholten: Better Analysis Needed on Non-Medical Use of Opioids
His recommendation: “Optimal public health outcomes can only be attained when policies to minimize non-medical use are balanced with policies to maximize access to adequate pain management”.