US bill on pain relief bars doctor assisted suicideBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7273.1369 (Published 02 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1369
- Fred Charatan
The bipartisan Pain Relief Promotion Act introduced by Oklahoma Republican senator Don Nickles will be voted on soon in the US Senate as part of a much larger year-end tax bill.
The proposed new law reaffirms doctors' ability to use controlled substances to manage patients' pain and discomfort aggressively, especially among terminally ill patients. It provides for education and research into palliative care. However, it bars the use of drugs …