A pharmacist friend of ours tells us that he once filled a prescription that was used to commit suicide, though it was prescribed for another purpose. He says he continues to be haunted by the fact that he provided the means for another person's death. This story illustrates two facts. The first is that it isn't very hard to commit suicide using commonly prescribed … [Read more...] about Legal Assisted Suicide Threatens Pharmacists as well as Physicians
Here is a link to an analysis from the American Journal of Public Health, showing that suicide is increasing and is now the leading cause of injury death in the United States: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2012.300960. More people commit suicide than are killed in car crashes. The rate of fatal poisoning thought to be … [Read more...] about Suicide Has Surpassed Car Accidents as the Most Frequent Cause of Injury Death in the US, and Poisoning Deaths Have Also Risen. Our Doctors Should Not Be Prescribing Poisons for People to Use in Committing Suicide.
The remarks below are directed to Question 2, a ballot measure that would legalize assisted suicide in Vermont's neighoring state of Massachusetts and are meant to explain the opposition of the Massachusetts Medical Society to that measure. The Vermont Medical Society and the American Medical association also are on record in opposition to assisted suicide. Dr. Aghababian … [Read more...] about Lahey Clinic Medical Ethics Lecture Series: The Arguments Against Question 2
Thanks to Linda Ann Wheeler and Patricia Doherty for their Facebook posting about an excellent article opposing assisted suicide by Boston Globe columnist Tom Keane. Originally published in the Globe on Auguest 26, it can be read online at http://articles.boston.com/2012-08-26/opinion/33383823_1_suicide-jack-kevorkian-terminal-illness. The title is appropriate. Though … [Read more...] about Jack Kevorkian Comes to Town
Wesley Smith wrote in First Things last week about the irony of the governor of Washington’s going to court in an unsuccessful effort to force a convicted murderer on death row to accept his offer of clemency. The governor is a big supporter of Washington’s assisted suicide law … [Read more...] about Irony: Washington Governor, Assisted Suicide Supporter, Tries to Force Death Row Inmate to Accept Unwanted Clemency