The 2022 California assisted suicide report indicates that the number of assisted suicide deaths increased by more than 63% and the number of prescriptions for lethal drugs increasing by 47% from the 2021 report.
As with previous years, the report implies that the deaths were voluntary (self-administered), but the information in the report does not address that subject.
In 2022 there were 853 reported assisted suicide deaths and 1270 lethal cocktail prescriptions written which was up from 522 reported assisted suicide deaths and 863 lethal prescriptions written in 2021.
The report stated that 173 people who were approved for assisted suicide died from their underlying illness or other causes and 294 people received a lethal drug cocktail but their ingestion status is unknown.
When the ingestion status is unknown, the person received the lethal drug cocktail but the California Department of Public Health does not know whether or not the person died by assisted suicide. How many of the 294 people whose ingestion status is unknown actually died by assisted suicide?
Under-reporting of assisted suicide deaths and abuse of the law is covered-up by the reporting system. The California assisted suicide data comes from the reports submitted by the doctors who approved and prescribed the lethal assisted suicide drug cocktail. This self-reporting system makes it is impossible to know when a doctor does not send in a report or abuses the law….