Here is more international attention on the opioid availability situation in countries like India. Corey Cooper and Gabriele Bettinazzi, writing for Global Health and Travel, talk about the opioid access problem in Malaysia, Vietnam and India. Interestingly, the article links the current problem (very rightly, we think) to the history of opioid abuse in the region.
The article notes that though the Parliament amended the NDPS Act of India, the procedures are not complete. Since the publication of the paper, that is very recently, the central government did issue the required notifications and the matter is up to the state governments for implementation now.