Stopping Assisted Suicide By Regulating the Drugs

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Wesley Smith has an ingenious way to deal with doctor-prescribed suicide: "I support a prohibition on using federally controlled substances such as opioids from being prescribed for assisted suicide — a different approach altogether that would not invalidate any state law nor create a new federal crime."

His explanation comes in response to claims that he proposes taking away from states the ability to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide, when in reality his solution is in line with the authority already held by the federal government to regulate prescription drugs. He also says it would pass constitutional muster with the Supreme Court.

This would not simply be a way to end run state laws either. Smith points out that in the Netherlands and in Oregon, where DPS is already legal, studies show that many patients suffer disturbing and painful side effects from opioids as they die.

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