Are the Large Amounts of Opiates Pushed in Hospice a Form of Assisted Suicide?

 

In a recent article on NPR, two physicians, both diagnosed with serious forms of cancer, discussed their involvement in the case for end of life rights. Check out the entire article ‘Doctors With Cancer Push California to Allow Aid in Dying,’ on Health News from NPR. Physician assisted suicide is a topic full of passion and is highly debated among society. After reading the article, tell me your thoughts, and answer these questions:

Are they breaching the oath of ‘do no harm’?

Will having doctors support the cause increase the probability of new laws being formed?

Are the large amounts of opiates pushed in hospice already a form of assisted suicide?

If so, are we breaking our oath as nurses?

Is assisted suicide an act of maleficence or beneficence?

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