The Rise of Stealth Euthanasia

 

The Rise of Stealth Euthanasia

Imposed Death Disguised as Pain Relief

by Ralph A. Capone, MD, FACP,
Kenneth R. Stevens Jr., MD, FACR,
Julie Grimstad, and Ron Panzer, LPN

Medications used to manage pain and other symptoms—opiates, sedatives and barbiturates—can be misused to cause death. The intention to kill a patient, not just to treat pain and other symptoms, is becoming more common in palliative and end-of-life care settings. The purpose of this article is to expose disingenuous arguments used to hide intentionality to kill patients in end-of-life care settings. [Ethics & Medics Volume 38, Number 6]

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