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How are people assisted to die?

By Jennie Dear, The Atlantic, 22 Jan 2019

Some surprising facts cropped up when Jennie Dear, writing in The Atlantic early this year, investigated how people are actually assisted to die in the United States. She found that there is very little data about how to euthanise people. Obtaining such data requires governments and private corporations to organise studies.

Ingested drugs can take from an hour to many hours to work. Ingested drugs like chloral hydrate can cause painful side-effects like throat burns rather then providing relief. Injected drugs like secobarbital and pentobarbital are effective, but very expensive ($3,500 USD+) and largely unavailable in the United States.

How does this apply in NZ? Questions arise as to who would pay for these treatments, where they would be procured from, if purchasing euthanasia drugs using public money would takeaway funds for other drugs, and if public money wasn’t used, would only rich people be able to afford euthanasia?

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