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[MOL] Congressional Bill Could Unintentially Harm Patients

I for one am very much against this bill. Love, joicy

Congressional Bill Could Unintentially Harm Patients
    [03/28/2000; Your Health Daily]

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Congressional efforts to block physician-assisted
suicide could unintentionally harm patients suffering great pain
near death, an aging conference here was warned Sunday. Although
the bill, the Pain-Relief Promotion Act, is intended to alleviate
pain among terminally-ill patients, its passage could have ``a
chilling effect'' on the use of aggressive pain-relief medications,
said Marshall B. Kapp, an attorney and director of the office
of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Wright State University
School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. Kapp, who said he agreed
with the intent of discouraging physician-assisted suicide in
states such as Oregon, told a conference at the annual American
Society on Aging meeting here that the bill would cause physicians
to worry that they might violate the law by prescribing pain
relief medication in potentially lethal doses even if their intent
was merely to relieve pain.

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