Posted on December 6, 2019 at 4:00 AM
In 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the DEA could not enforce the federal Controlled Substances Act against physicians who prescribed drugs in compliance with the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. Since state law authorized the drugs for medical aid in dying, that made it a “legitimate medical purpose.”
Gonzales v. Oregon, 546 U.S. 243.
Nevertheless, an ongoing investigation by several U.S. Senators and Congressmen suggests that the DEA may be thwarting the practice of medical aid in dying, this time in a less transparent manner. The Congressional inquiry investigates whether the DEA is restricting the availability of the drugs used for medical aid in dying.