Two years ago my best friend's little sister called him and said that their Mom was freaking out at the hospital. She had accompanied her husband for a kidney stone procedure that was supposed to be outpatient and became inpatient and so suddenly found herself six hours from home with an overnight stay in front of her and without her painkillers. My friend's mom takes painkillers because she suffers from fibromyalgia. She went ballistic and my friend's little sister had to beg a doctor to write a prescription. My friend called his aunt who lives nearby to ask about things and she told him that his mom, "wants to live until she dies," which he took to mean that she wasn't going to consider going off painkillers or even talk about it. He says when he talks to her on the phone, she's kind of out of it and she's now talking about starting to use medical marijuana, too. She's 71. Should he do something more to try to help her? Are there inherent dangers using Oxycontin/Oxycodone at the end of your life? He asked me for advice. I don't know what to tell him.