@judyringelestein I have the same concerns. The gov is trying to stop overdose deaths, but I am not sure of their data. Also, the regulations they write will inhibit doctors from giving pain medicine to those who really suffer from chronic pain. I feel that all of us should contact our congressional people to remind them that there are people out here will real pain, besides cancer patients, and that we need assistance also. Unfortunately, the response I have received so far from my representative and Senators has been less than reassuring. They are reacting to the death problem and ignoring the treatment problem. In my opinion, Congress too often has a knee-jerk reaction to things that leads to more problems instead of correcting them. Also in the last few decades, the data that is given to our elected leaders is false and no one checks to see how accurate it is. In the reports of accidental overdose deaths, I wonder how many were intentional suicides that were miss reported to save the family the heartache of dealing with a suicide. As a retired counselor, I know how difficult it can be for a family to deal with a suicide. That is one reason I support euthanasia and assisted suicide, not just for terminal patients but also for those who have long-term conditions that there is no adequate treatment. In the case of accidental overdoses of those on pain medication, I personally suspect there are many who did so intentionally because they could not deal with the pain any longer.
I think that if they had the option of assisted suicide, they might not have died. With assisted suicide there is a lot of discussion and a chance to find alternative treatments that might have helped them and prevent their untimely death. In my opinion, we need to expand the laws on assisted suicide and euthanasia to include long-term illness and pain, because it may prevent untimely deaths. My experience in counseling is that suicide is often a type of knee jerk reaction to something that given the time to discuss and consider can be resolved in a manner other than suicide. 19lin
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