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Blog: Hospice Views - February 2014

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How Are Narcotics Used at the End of Life?

As a hospice nurse, I’ve encountered many misconceptions about how we treat our patients. One of the most frequent myths that I have had to dispel is about the use of narcotics in hospice. Many people don’t understand the rationale for using narcotics at the end of life. To some people, it seems acceptable to use narcotics if the patient has terminal cancer, but it is frowned upon if the patient has a non-malignant diagnosis such as dementia, stroke or congestive heart failure.
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