Assisted suicide became legal in Maine from 17 September 2019.
The Maine Death With Dignity Act is essentially modelled on the Oregon and Washington laws and creates the same risks of wrongful deaths. It passed the House by just one vote (73-72) and the Senate by just two votes (19-16) before being signed by the Governor on 12 June 2019.
Section 17 of the Act requires an annual statistical report to be issued based on reports from attending physicians.
The End-of-Life Closure Form, mandated by the rule, unlike Oregon or Washington, does not provide for any detailed information whatsoever.
In Maine we will not know why people request assisted suicide, how long they take to lose consciousness and die after ingesting the prescribed poison, if there were any complications and so forth. No demographic data apart from age and sex is recorded and the only medical information is the underlying condition.
The first report covering 19 September 2019 to 31 December 2019, states that one person was given a prescription for DDMA and subsequently died by ingesting the poison.
The report for 2020 states that 50 people were given prescriptions for the lethal poison and that of these 30 people are reported to have died after ingesting it.
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