Pros and Cons of Assisted Suicide: Anti-psychotic Drugs

A woman of 79 goes into a nursing home with a broken pelvis, the only prescriptions she had used at home were for blood pressure and cholesterol. By the time she was discharged 18 days later, she “wasn’t my mother anymore” said her daughter. She was withdrawn, slumped in a wheel chair with her head down, chewing on her hand, her speech garbled”. Within weeks she was dead.

The woman had been given so many heavy-duty medications, including illegally administered antipsychotics that she could no longer function. If one drug caused sleeplessness and anxiety, she was given a different medication to counteract those side effects. If yet another drug induced agitation or the urge to move constantly she was medicated for that.

The woman had Alzheimer’s but she wasn’t out of it. Before she went into the nursing home for rehabilitation she could dress and feed herself and walk on her own. You could have a conversation with her. In the nursing home she was drugged to make her submissive.

Tragically this is not an isolated incident. Too many patients in nursing homes are given antipsychotic drugs that are not only unnecessary but also extremely dangerous for older patients. The problem stems from inadequate training and -.under-staffing.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School reviewed data on more than 75,400 elderly residents of nursing homes in 45 states across the U.S. They conclude that certain antipsychotic medication may differ in the risk of death among the elderly with dementia. “Haloperidol (Haldol) is not used as much as it once was in these patients, but it is still used” says researcher and Harvard Medical School instructor Krista Huybrechts, PhD. “It is clear that this drug carries an increased risk for death in elderly patients with dementia and should not be used”.

“SHOULD NOT BE USED”? There should be a law against it. My mother died February 2008 in a hospital where a doctor and medical staff had administered a cocktail composed of antipsychotic drugs consisting of Haldol, Deprecote, and Ativan etc. This doctor and his staff knew the risk. But was willing to take that risk by giving my mother those drugs to keep my mother submissive through drugs. When she went into a vegetative state, he covered it up by starving and dehydrating her so she would die and that would be the end of that. No one would be the wiser. He was more interested in profit and greed than people.

To be continued……………………..Stay safe. Elaine Marlowe Mitchell

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Wesley J. Smith, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institutes Center on Human Exceptionalism said we should “stop pretending assisted suicide is about terminal illness and admit it is much more about disability which is why the disability rights movement remains so opposed as they are the primary targets. It is about allowing killing as an acceptable answer to many causes of suffering whether terminal or chronic disease, disability, mental illness or existential despair”.

In 2013, 650 babies killed in Holland because they were deemed unfit for life. The Netherlands was the first nation to legalize euthanasia and initially it was supposed to be for terminally ill patients. Like the abortion issue of the 1070’s which produced Roe vs. Wade a slippery slope has reared its ugly head.

In the 1970’s the pro-choice group stated that abortion would only be for rape, incest or health of the mother. The pro-life group were afraid of a slippery slope that would end up with abortion on demand, late-term abortion and even post birth abortion.

Well we all know how all of this ended up. Only a small percentage of abortions are for incest, rape or the health of the mother. Abortion on demand has become the norm. More than 56 million abortions have occurred since Roe vs. Wade in 1973 and Peter Singer would like to see mothers have the right to kill their babies up to 2 years old.

On the other end, in Holland where euthanasia is legal, it has also become legal to kill a baby if the parents or the hospital feel that the child would not have a good quality of life. Really??????? Who has the right to make that decision?

Dutch Ethicist Theo Boer used to believe that “slippery slope” argument were invalid and argued in support of assisted suicide legislation. After 12 years of experience he takes on a different view.

The idea of deeming those babies with spina-bifida or other birth defects not worth living……….where does this stop. Do we eventually decide that those born crippled or blind should be disposed of…………..where does this end?

 

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Pratchett Death in Discworld (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That’s a lot of people the government has to take care of and we are heading toward 20 Trillion Dollars in debt. Can anyone really comprehend that? I mean it may as well be Monopoly money. Soooo……..what is the United States to do? I have it…… a very simple solution. How much would be saved if we have a cut off? We could suggest to those over the age of blah blah blah to consider leaving this world early. After all it would be the best thing to do, the unselfish thing to do. I mean haven’t they had their lives. Let the next generation enjoy their lives. Haven’t they lived long enough?  What’d ya think?    

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English: The Kaschenists' poster.

English: The Kaschenists’ poster. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Helping the terminally ill end their lives is gaining traction. Assisted suicide is now legal in 5 states; Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Montana and New Mexico and other states are considering legalizing assisted suicide.

More and more articles are being written encouraging starvation and dehydration on our elderly especially those with dementia. Even though the elderly patient begs for water and something to eat causes agony of parched lips and organs drying. I call it being “Dried to Death”.

My mother died 7 years ago and she did not have a choice, she was starved and dehydrated, which is a horrible way to die. She is gone and hopefully she is in a better place, but I’m still here and the memory of her last day will torment me the rest of my life.

Robert Latimer murdered his 12-year-old daughter who was disabled by cerebral palsy. He asphyxiated his daughter to death. His reason…..he felt his daughter was suffering and did not have a good quality of life. The question is who was he to decide someone’s quality of life even though she was his daughter. If this behavior is accepted then a disabled person should be in fear of their life. So what qualifies as not a good quality of life; blindness, crippled, deaf, mental disease. Where does it stop.

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Self-perceived quality-of-life scale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The idea of choice at the end of life or for that matter during life is extremely appealing. But choice could develop into no choice.