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Letter: Why isn’t there a drug to humanely end human life?

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Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:00 am

A few weeks ago I faced a very tough decision. I had watched cancer slowly eat away at my best friend. We had tried to cut it out, but it came back with a vengeance. I knew the time was close, but I tried not to think about it and just enjoy every moment I could with him.

One day I came home and knew it was time, but what made it hard was I had to make the same decision just six months earlier with my other best friend. She was 15 years old, and age had taken its toll on her. This time, as before, I had tears in my eyes as the vet did what was needed. Within 60 seconds, he was peacefully asleep in my arms.

I have had ridgebacks for 38 years, and I have had to make that decision eight times now. One time I let nature take its course, and it was as traumatic for me as it was for my Sandi. I often prayed that my following babies would have a natural death while sleeping, but it always worked out that I had to make the decision.

For 38 years we have had a way to humanely and peacefully put our animals to sleep. Why haven’t we been able to do this with humans? Evidently there’s only one medicine that will do this, and it’s not being made anymore. Really? Most of the drugs that I see advertised on TV now warn that sudden cases of fatality may happen. If so, many drugs can accidentally take your life. Why can’t we find one that will make it happen quickly and humanely? Just asking.

Jim Sugden


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