Originally Posted by Nishani
You can get palliative care which is basically Morphine and a bunch of other drugs which will send you off to your death in a painless haze if you have a condition that justifies it, but unfortunately, at this point in time, you can't request euthanasia. I really wish you could, because as a nurse, there's been plenty of times when a patient has looked into my eyes and said in desperation "nurse, please kill me" and I can't legally do anything to help them.
Actually, if morphine is given proper amounts and frequency by an experienced prescriber, or by self-administration, there is little or no "haze." The patient is usually more lucid than s-he would otherwize be. Having experienced chronic pain and having been treated with morphine, I know that the pain put me into a haze, and the overall effect of morphine was to increase
by mental capacities. While someone who is not in pain will have their mental capacities reduced by morphine, it appears quite evident that for someone who has their mental capacities reduced by pain, the increase of mental capacity caused by pain-relief, exceeds the decrease caused by the morphine, with the result being an net increase.
Although for most of the period of my life during which I had chronic pain, I suffered unnecessarily, because I was not treated adequately with morphine or other opioids, eventually I became one of the minority who got adequate treatment. For most people with chronic pain, unless they are terminally ill, they are not likely to get anywhere near sufficient quantities of morphine for the amount of pain they have. This does appear to be changing though, though slowly.
Not always, but very often, those people who have previously been requesting that someone please kill them, stop making such requests, once they have been getting appropriate doses of opioids. As well, they remain lucid.
We euthanize animals because we are simply unwilling to go through the time and expense of caring for them once they become very ill. Since we (most of us) care more about humans than we do about animals, when humans become sililarly ill, we are more likely to spend time and money on them.