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[MOL] Cancer Society raises concerns about assisted suicide bill

Cancer Society raises concerns about assisted suicide bill
    [09/07/2000; Reuters News Service]

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - As the Senate prepares to debate
a bill that would effectively overturn Oregon's first-in-the-nation
legalized assisted suicide law, the American Cancer Society has
announced it will not support the measure. At issue is legislation
sponsored by Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla., that would amend the
Controlled Substances Act to explicitly outlaw the use of scheduled
drugs for assisted suicide. That would, among other things, block
physicians from aiding a suicide under the strict terms of Oregon's
Death with Dignity Act. As currently written, said the cancer
society in a position statement released Wednesday by Sen. Ron
Wyden, D-Ore., who is the bill's chief opponent, Nickles' bill
has ``serious potential to exacerbate the current problem of
under treatment of pain. While there are provisions to proactively
address pain and symptom management, the Society maintains that
any benefit from such provisions would not outweigh the potential
threat posed by changes to the CSA.

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