ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 09, 1984
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(Studio) Compassionate Pain Relief Act, allowing use of heroin for terminal cancer patients, noted before Congress
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) Controversy over allowing use of heroin to relieve pain of terminally ill cancer victims examined; heroin's desirability for cancer patients over traditional morphine explained. [Cancer victim Joanne COE - wants her pain alleviated at its worst.] Coe's recent death mentioned. [Ann PLAMANDON - notes animals aren't allowed to die in such pain as that suffered by cancer victims.] [Michael CHESSNOE - cites heroin's use in numerous foreign countries.] [Dr. Cicely SAUNDERS - recalls Britain's experience with heroin and morphine.] [Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret HECKLER - fears use of heroin invites organized crime.] Govt. approval of dilaudid, considered stronger than heroin, mentioned. [Dr. Charles INTURRISI - doesn't believe heroin is any better than morphine or dilaudid.]
REPORTER: Ann Compton
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