Success: Access to Pain Medication Improved

Morphine vial

Target: Dr. Manmohan Sing, Leader of the House of Parliament

Goal: Commend India’s parliament for passing laws that improve access to pain medication

Millions of patients in India suffer from chronic pain, and most of them weren’t receiving adequate treatment due to laws and restrictions that prevent hospitals from obtaining pain medication. Recently, India’s parliament passed an amendment which will improve access to pain medication for patients in the nation. Parliament should be commended for these changes, as they are alleviating the pain and stress of many patients.

The amendment obliterates the archaic law that required all Indian hospitals and pharmacies to have four to five licenses from different governments if they wanted to purchase pain medications. These laws made morphine extremely difficult to obtain, and practically made it disappear from India entirely. Morphine is an essential pain killer for cancer patients, and even hospitals that specialized in cancer care had great difficulty obtaining this drug.

A recent petition proposed an amendment to the Drug Act that would give the government authority to regulate narcotic drugs and require a single license to obtain morphine and other strong pain medications. One government agency, the state drug controller, would be in charge of enforcement. This amendment was introduced to parliament in 2012, and has since been passed.

In 2008, it was estimated that India had enough morphine to treat 4 percent of India’s cancer patients. These patients who are made to suffer have said they would do anything to make the pain go away and many of them have become suicidal. The changes in the law will have a significant and positive impact on the lives of many patients. Commend and thank India’s parliament for passing laws that will end their patients’ suffering.


Dear Dr. Manmohan Sing,

I want to thank you and the rest of parliament for passing an amendment that changes your nation’s Drug Act. I understand that parliament and the rest of India realized that archaic laws were causing patients with chronic pain long term suffering, and wished to end it immediately. I know that changes in the law don’t always happen right away, but I am glad to see that access to pain medication has been vastly improved.

I hope you and parliament will ensure that any law related obstacles that prevent patients from receiving medication are removed. Again, thank you for ensuring this amendment is passed; many patients will now be able to live their daily lives once again.


[Your Name Here]

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