The need to exercise caution in accepting addiction as a reason for performing euthanasia

The need to exercise caution in accepting addiction as a reason for performing euthanasia The recent practice in Belgium and the Netherlands of accepting addiction as a reason for performing euthanasia raises important issues for the field of addiction and the practice of euthanasia. In this paper we outline some of these issues. We also argue that physicians making decisions about whether to accept requests for euthanasia from people with an allegedly untreatable addiction should consider two issues carefully. They should ensure that: (1) the person has the capacity to give free and informed consent to undergo euthanasia; and (2) their request is the outcome of a deliberative process in which all reasonable treatment options and harm reduction measures have been offered to and considered by the person. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Addiction Wiley

The need to exercise caution in accepting addiction as a reason for performing euthanasia

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Wiley
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© 2018 Society for the Study of Addiction
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0965-2140
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1360-0443
D.O.I.
10.1111/add.14025
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Abstract

The recent practice in Belgium and the Netherlands of accepting addiction as a reason for performing euthanasia raises important issues for the field of addiction and the practice of euthanasia. In this paper we outline some of these issues. We also argue that physicians making decisions about whether to accept requests for euthanasia from people with an allegedly untreatable addiction should consider two issues carefully. They should ensure that: (1) the person has the capacity to give free and informed consent to undergo euthanasia; and (2) their request is the outcome of a deliberative process in which all reasonable treatment options and harm reduction measures have been offered to and considered by the person.

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AddictionWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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