by Marilyn Golden, Orange County Register, 12 June 2018
Also alarming is that people experiencing depression may not be protected from obtaining lethal drugs. This occurred, for example, to Oregonian Michael Freeland. He had a 43-year history of depression and suicide attempts. Yet when Freeland saw a doctor about arranging an assisted suicide, the physician said he didn’t think that a psychiatric consultation was “necessary.” But the law’s supporters frequently insist that as a key safeguard, depressed people are ineligible for assisted suicide. If Oregon’s safeguards are claimed to be so thorough, how did Michael Freeland receive lethal drugs?
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