Survey response rates by region
The ESMO-led Global Opioid Policy Initiative is the first and largest study of its kind, conducted in 79 countries and 25 Indian States, representing more than 5 billion people, i.e. more than half of the world’s population.
In the regions covered by this survey there are about 8 million new cases of cancer each year and upwards of 5 million cancer deaths.
Of those who die from cancer approximately 70-90% will suffer from severe pain.
The graphs below offer an overview of the major survey findings, summarising key data across all surveyed regions, including Western and Eastern Europe.
Barriers to opioid access for cancer pain relief
Regulatory barriers by region
Formulary availability of opioids by region
Opioid prescription eligibility
Limitations on dispensing opioids
Opioid prescription time limits
Opioid consumption around the world
Restrictions on opioid prescription
Percentage of countries by region where opioids are available