ACTION ALERT: Prevent killing patients with federally controlled drugs!Urge Your U.S. Senators, Representatives to Co-sponsor Pain Relief Promotion Act to Protect against Euthanasia
The Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999 has been introduced in the Senate as S. 1272 and in the House as H.R. 2260. This critically important legislation will stop the federal government from facilitating euthanasia, while promoting good pain management and palliative care palliative care (paˑ·lē·ā·tiv kerˑ),
n an approach to health care that is concerned primarily with attending to physical and emotional comfort rather as positive alternatives. ALL of the people officially reported as killed in Oregon under that state's legalization LEGALIZATION. The act of making lawful.
2. By legalization, is also understood the act by which a judge or competent officer authenticates a record, or other matter, in order that the same may be lawfully read in evidence. Vide Authentication. of assisting suicide WERE KILLED BY FEDERALLY CONTROLLED DRUGS.
The names of the 16 Senate and 132 House co-sponsors as of July 2, 1999 are printed below. You can determine the current co-sponsors at any time by visiting http://thomas.loc.gov and entering the bill numbers. Then link to the "Bill Summary and Status File" and pick "Co-sponsors." With your zip code zip code
System of postal-zone codes (zip stands for “zone improvement plan”) introduced in the U.S. in 1963 to improve mail delivery and exploit electronic reading and sorting capabilities. , you can find out how to contact your own Senators and Representative by visiting http://www.vote-smart.org/ congresstrack/c-index.html. If you don't have Internet access See how to access the Internet. , call the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121. (In-state offices of Senators and Representatives are available by calling local telephone information.)
FACTS ABOUT THE PAIN RELIEF PROMOTION ACT OF 1999
* Under federal law and regulations, the use and prescription of certain narcotics narcotics n. 1) techinically, drugs which dull the senses. 2) a popular generic term for drugs which cannot be legally possessed, sold, or transported except for medicinal uses for which a physician or dentist's prescription is required. and other dangerous drugs is generally prohibited unless a doctor with a special federal "registration" to prescribe them does so for a "legitimate medical purpose."
* On June 5, 1998, overturning an earlier policy determination by the Drug Enforcement Administration The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was established in 1973 by President richard m. nixon as part of the Justice Department, thus uniting a number of federal drug agencies that had often worked at cross-purposes. (DEA DEA - Data Encryption Algorithm ), U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno Janet Reno (born July 21, 1938) was the first and to date only female Attorney General of the United States (1993–2001). She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1993, and confirmed on March 11. announced that the federal Controlled Substances Act Controlled Substances Act /Con·trolled Sub·stan·ces Act/ a federal law that regulates the prescribing and dispensing of psychoactive drugs, including narcotics, hallucinogens, depressants, and stimulants. establishes no uniform national policy against the use of federally regulated drugs for assisted suicide assisted suicide: see euthanasia. . Thus, she said, these drugs may be used to assist patients' suicides in any state which, like Oregon, allows the practice under state law.
* In contrast, when it comes to marijuana, whose "medicinal use" has been legalized by referenda in a number of states, the Justice Department continues to maintain that it remains illegal under the Controlled Substances Act no matter what state law may say.
* Under Reno's ruling, the federal government facilitates the killing of patients in Oregon by acknowledging their killing as "legitimate" and providing access to the lethal drugs needed to carry it out.
* A bill introduced last year to overturn the Reno decision and restore the professional judgment of the DEA that killing a patient is not a "legitimate medical purpose" was opposed by the National Hospice Organization, the American Medical Association American Medical Association (AMA), professional physicians' organization (founded 1847). Its goals are to protect the interests of American physicians, advance public health, and support the growth of medical science. and other medical groups who said they feared it might inhibit doctors from prescribing adequate pain relief. However, the bill has now been rewritten both to address this concern and to authorize $5 million annually to foster pain management and palliative care as positive alternatives to euthanasia. The National Hospice Organization and American Medical Association have endorsed the new bill. It has also been endorsed by, among others, the American Academy The American Academy in Berlin is a non-partisan academic institution in Berlin. It was founded in September 1994 by a group of prominent Americans and Germans, among them Richard Holbrooke, Henry Kissinger, Richard von Weizsäcker, Fritz Stern and Otto Graf Lambsdorff and opened in of Pain Management, the American Society of Anesthesiologists The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an association of physicians (primarily anesthesiologists) whose stated goal is to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient. , and the Hospice Association of America.
* By 64% to 31%, Americans say "nor when asked whether federal law should allow use of federally controlled drugs for the purpose of assisted suicide and euthanasia. (Wirthlin Worldwide June 1999 poll).
Senate Principal Sponsor of S. 1272, the Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999
NICKLES Senate Co-sponsors: ABRAHAM ALLARD BROWNBACK COVERDELL CRAIG ENZI GRAMS HAGEL HELMS INHOFE KYL LIEBERMAN LOTT SANTORUM SESSIONS House Principal Sponsors of H.R. 2260, the Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999 HYDE STUPAK House Co-sponsors: ADERHOLT ARMEY BACHUS BAKER BALLENGER BARCIA BARR BARTLETT BARTON BLUNT BRADY, Kevin BRYANT BURR BURTON CALVERT CAMP CANADY CHABOT CHAMBLISS COBLE COBURN COLLINS COSTELLO CRANE CUNNINGHAM DEAL DeMINT DIAZ-BALART DICKEY DOOLITTLE DOYLE EHLERS EMERSON ENGLISH FLETCHER FORBES FOSSELLA GIBBONS GOODE GOODLATTE GOODLING GRAHAM GUTNECHT HALL, Ralph HALL, Tony HASTINGS HAYES HERGER HILL HILLEARY HOEKSTRA HOSTETTLER HUNTER HUTCHINSON ISTOOK JENKINS JOHN JONES KELLY KILDEE KING KLINK KNOLLENBERG LAFALCE LaHOOD LARGENT LATHAM LaTOURETTE LEWIS, Ron LIPINSKI LUCAS, Frank LUCAS, Ken MASCARA McINNIS McINTOSH McINTYRE MILLER MORAN MYRICK NETHERCUTT NORTHUP NORWOOD NUSSLE OXLEY PACKARD PEASE PETERSON, Colin PETERSON, John PETRI PHELPS PICKERING PITTS POMBO PORTMAN RADANOVICH RAHALL RILEY ROGAN RYUN SALMON SCHAFFER, Bob SENSENBRENNE SHIMKUS SHOWS SIMPSON SKELTON SMITH, Chris SMITH, Lamar SOUDER SPENCE STEARNS SUNUNU TALENT TANCREDO TAUZIN TAYLOR, Charles TAYLOR, Gene TERRY THUNE TIAHRT WALSH WAMP WATKINS WELDON WHITFIELD WICKER WOLF