Morphine and the Opioids How Slow Euthanasia Works in Practice
A doctor practicing slow euthanasia usually gives a narcotic analgesic (morphine), while periodically reviewing the patient’s pain. The claim is then made that treatment is inadequate, and the morphine dose needs to be increased.
If this review takes place every 4 - 6 hours, morphine levels will rise. Eventually, lethal levels will be reached and the patient will die. The doctor will defend their actions by saying that they were trying to control the patient’s pain. Death, they will argue, was an unplanned consequence of either the patient’s disease or the necessary treatment for the pain.
Natural Opium Morphine Codeine
Semi Synthetic Oxycodone Heroin
Synthetic Pethadine Methadone Fentanyl
Fig 10.2: Table of common opioids and a 200ml bottle of 10mh/ml ‘Ordine’ liquid morphine)