The real value of having end-of-life options

Source: Orange County Register
by Patricia A Gonzalez Portillo

“Once my mother-in-law decided to enroll in home hospice care, it meant she was declining futile curative, invasive and often painful treatment, such as chemotherapy, in exchange for morphine at home to ease her suffering and allow death to occur naturally. In 10 states like California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, New Mexico, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia, individuals with a terminal illness and a prognosis of six months or less to live, also have the option to request a doctor’s prescription for medication to peacefully end their suffering.” (03/06/23)