Oregon, USA

 
In Oregon physician-assisted suicide is legal for terminally ill people who are expected to live for six months or less. Voluntary euthanasia is still illegal.

Only a tiny percentage of terminally ill people die from assisted suicide

 
In 2014, less than 1 % (0.91 %) of patients with terminal cancer died from assisted suicide (721out of 7,8622).
 
In the same year, only 13 % of patients with ALS died from assisted suicide (173out of 1294).
 
 

Assisted suicide is not necessarily quick

 
People have taken up to 38 minutes to become unconscious and up to 104 hours to die after ingesting the lethal drugs. That is 4 days and 8 hours. However, in 41% of cases the time taken is unknown. 5
 
 

A dignified, painless death is not guaranteed

 
Studies have shown that there can be complications such as uncontrollable vomiting, seizures / epileptic fits and anxiety. In 81 % of Oregon assisted suicides during 2014 it wasn’t recorded whether there were complications. Since 1998, it was recorded that 6 people have regained consciousness after ingesting the lethal drugs.6
 
 

Assisted suicide is granted without assessing the person’s mental health

 
In 2014, only 3 people who requested assisted suicide were referred for a psychiatric evaluation.7“>http://public.health.oregon.gov/ProviderPartnerResources/EvaluationResearch/DeathwithDignityAct/Documents/year17.pdf]

It’s not really about pain

 

People request assisted suicide mainly for non-physical, psychological and existential reasons – not physical pain

Reasons for requesting assisted suicide in Oregon USA

Show 7 footnotes

  1. Oregon Public Health Division (2015, February 2). Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act –2014. p.5. Retrieved from http://public.health.oregon.gov/ProviderPartnerResources/EvaluationResearch/DeathwithDignityAct/Documents/year17.pdf
  2. Oregon Health Authority (2015, November). Leading causes of death by county of residence. Oregon vital statistics data 2014, Table 18. Retrieved from https://public.health.oregon.gov/BirthDeathCertificates/VitalStatistics/annualreports/CountyDataBook/Documents/2014/table18-2014.pdf
  3. Oregon Public Health Division (2015, February 2). Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act –2014. p.5. Retrieved from http://public.health.oregon.gov/ProviderPartnerResources/EvaluationResearch/DeathwithDignityAct/Documents/year17.pdf
  4. Oregon Health Authority (2015, November). Leading causes of death by county of residence. Oregon vital statistics data 2014, Table 18. Retrieved from https://public.health.oregon.gov/BirthDeathCertificates/VitalStatistics/annualreports/CountyDataBook/Documents/2014/table18-2014.pdf
  5. Oregon Public Health Division (2015, February 2). Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act –2014. p.6. Retrieved from http://public.health.oregon.gov/ProviderPartnerResources/EvaluationResearch/DeathwithDignityAct/Documents/year17.pdf
  6. Oregon Public Health Division (2015, February 2). Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act –2014. p.5. Retrieved from http://public.health.oregon.gov/ProviderPartnerResources/EvaluationResearch/DeathwithDignityAct/Documents/year17.pdf
  7. Oregon Public Health Division (2015, February 2). Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act –2014. p.5. Retrieved from

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