Euthanasia Prevention Coalition 10 October 2015
The 2014 Netherlands euthanasia report was released indicating that there was another 10% increase in assisted deaths. There were also 41 assisted deaths for psychiatric reasons and 81 assisted deaths for dementia. The term assisted death refers to deaths by euthanasia and assisted suicide.
The 2014 report stated that there were reported 5306 assisted deaths up from 4829 reported assisted deaths in 2013. These numbers do not include the unreported assisted deaths.
Every five year the Netherlands has a meta-analysis euthanasia study. In 2010 the Lancet study indicated that 23% of all assisted deaths were unreported in the Netherlands.The number of assisted deaths in the Netherlands continues to increase.
- There were 2331 reported assisted deaths in 2008.
- There were 2636 reported assisted deaths in 2009.
- There were 3136 reported assisted deaths in 2010.
- There were 3695 reported assisted deaths in 2011.
- There were 4188 reported assisted deaths in 2012.
- There were 4829 reported assisted deaths in 2013.
- And now 5306 reported assisted deaths in 2014.
A recent study examining the first year at the Netherlands euthanasia clinic found that “tired of living” and dementia were common reasons for euthanasia. The study found that:
Of the 162 who died by an assisted death, the data indicates that 6 assisted deaths were done for psychological reasons, 21 assisted deaths were done for cognitive decline, such as dementia and 11 assisted deaths were done based on “tired of living.” Tired of living means that the person does not have a specific illness.