Euthanasia for alcoholic
A 41-YEAR-OLD man has ended his life by fatal injection rather than carry on living as an alcoholic, in a radical extension of Holland’s euthanasia regime.
Mark Langedijk decided that death was the only way to escape from his addiction to drink, according to his brother.
Mr Langedijk set the date for his own death and was joking, drinking beer and eating sandwiches in the hours before his GP arrived at his parents’ home to administer fatal injections, it said.
His death marks a new departure in Dutch euthanasia practice, which killed more than 5,500 people last year.
The scope of the mercy killing law, introduced 16 years ago to apply only to those in unbearable suffering, has widened so those who die include many whose problems include ‘social isolation and loneliness’.