Kathy, many many years ago we had a friend whose wife had terminal cancer. She was dying, and she was in pain. Horrible pain. BUT they would not give her anything because what they could give her that would be effective would be addicting. But.... she was dying!!! I believe her husband went to NYC and brought something illegal here in CA back with him that relieved her pain until she died 3 weeks later. This was 34 years ago, I wonder if things have changed on this.