The American state of Washington has a “Death With Dignity” law that is very similar to Oregon’s law. Its Department of Health has just released its summary report for 2015.
Click here to read the full report.
Ignore, if you want, that the number of lethal prescriptions issued has increased by 228% in just eight years (from 65 in 2007 to 213 in 2015). Pass by the fact that the maximum known time between ingestion and death was 30 hours. Overlook the fact that 52% of people said their end of life concern was “being a burden on family, friends/caregivers”, and 86% said it was about being “less able to engage in activities making life enjoyable”.
Don’t worry yourself that the Washington Department of Health has lost track of 47 doses of the lethal drugs that were handed out. What could possibly go wrong?
Let’s just focus on the fact that these people can’t even fill in all the forms that are required to make this stuff legal.
The Washington law states that the person must complete a written request, and that two doctors (the “attending physician” and the “consulting physician”) must complete a written report. All those forms must be provided to the Department of Health within 30 days.
How did that go?
Not so well.
The DOH reports that 213 lethal prescriptions were dispensed.
- But they only received 183 ‘Written Requests to End Life’.
- And only 195 ‘Attendance Physician Compliance’ reports.
- And only 189 ‘Consulting Physician Compliance’ reports.
Has anybody been prosecuted? Of course not, don’t be silly.