On the list of areas where this country has utterly failed to live up to its promise, add the item of how one may pass from this world to the next in the horrible health care system that we have. If this is the best we can do, well, we are not very good then. If you have had the pleasure of having someone die on you in the health care system, you know it is a pretty fucked puddle of shit.
One area that seems to have some consensus behind it is that when someone is wasting away from incurable cancer or other fatal disease and is in excruciating agony, that doctors are willing to prescribe serious pain killers to at least keep the patient from screaming pitifully at the top of their lungs and thus disturb the workers as they try to extract money from the other patients / victims.
But the DEA knows that this is wrong. What, just consider for a moment, what if in the process of prescribing these serious pain killers that someone were to unethically sell them to school children, perhaps even with dirty needles. Come here children, my father is dying of cancer, but I am going to give you these opiates!! HA !
So the DEA has come down harshly on this pandering to the merely soon-to-be-dead in screaming agony in order to avoid this threat of Percodan addicted elementary school children.
Here is a letter from the Attorney Generals of this country asking why the all knowing and perfect DEA decided to go back on an agreement they made with the states on pain relief for those in chronic pain.
But whatever you think, don't worry, you have no input into this situation. You can not decide how to live your life and how to end your life, the DEA is going to do that for you and your opinion is not the least bit interesting to them. The DEA will stand fast to protect us from ourselves and keep our children free from this nefarious threat.