RickD wrote:From my understanding, which comes mostly from my dad's hospice nurse, is that morphine can shut down organs. So, in lower doses, it helps with pain. In higher doses, it basically hastens organ failure. Is organ failure and death inevitable? In many cases, yes. But if someone is given high doses of morphine to hasten death, how is that different, morally, from someone performing euthanasia?
As Mallz said, I think in can be indistinguishable.
And, truly, Rick, should I say to you that even the smaller doses will have such an effect on such a fragile body?
I don't have any answers on this. I've been moved to perform where I could have refused (knowing that one that would take my place wouldn't be as responsive and empathetic [I know, you'd never guess that about me]). I could explain further but also think I have been far too blunt in my honesty as it is.