In 2002 the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalise both euthanasia and medically assisted suicide. The Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide (Review Procedures) Act formalised the practice which had evolved over the preceding 20 years. There has been a steady increase in the number of reported euthanasia and assisted suicide cases in the Netherlands rising from 1,900 in 2006 to 6,500 in 2017, a rate of 4-5 per 100 total deaths in the population. The commonest means of euthanasia is by lethal injection, usually with very large doses of barbiturate. . .
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