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How Does Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide Affect Rates of Suicide?

by David Albert Jones and David Paton, Medscape

Jones and Paton analysed data in the United States to understand the impact of assisted-suicide laws on the overall suicide rate. The news is not good.

Conclusions: Legalizing PAS has been associated with an increased rate of total suicides relative to other states and no decrease in nonassisted suicides. This suggests either that PAS does not inhibit (nor acts as an alternative to) nonassisted suicide, or that it acts in this way in some individuals but is associated with an increased inclination to suicide in other individuals.

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