In 2006, she says, India imported 360,000 tonnes of asbestos. And in 2008, India – along with Pakistan, Canada and Russia – rejected the banning of chrysotile asbestos mandated under the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent.
Asbestos-related diseases cause a very painful and slow death. She points out how vast the suffering is and how even palliative care is not available to the sufferers. She writes:
The pain of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases can be agonising and requires another white powder – morphine – to provide relief. Ironically many of the countries where asbestos disease is rife, such as India, have a shortfall in the supply of legally scheduled opiates. There is no shortfall in asbestos.
Read the full report: http://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/3600
Part one of the report here: http://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/3597-A-deadly-white-dust-1-