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The man is asked what he expects the drugs to do to him and he answers "They will kill me and make me happy." Certainly not in that order, don't you think?
I don't believe there are any mood-altering drugs in the lethal cocktail. I interpreted that statement to mean that he expects to be happy when death relieves him of his suffering.
Indeed, while there are indeed no mood-altering drugs in the prescription, getting it often does make the patient happy. Knowing they have a safe, easy, accessible way out gives many terminal patients great relief, and the ability to focus on the time left. They know if things get too much, they can end their own suffering, and for many, that's enough to reduce suffering, all by itself. Thanks for posting this!