Euthanasia's Popularity Rises Among Netherlands' Psychiatric Patients
In 2015, four times as many patients with mental illnesses were euthanized in the Netherlands than in 2011.By Ben Lawson | May 12, 2016
The number of mental health patients who have died by euthanasia in the Netherlands has quadrupled in the past four years.
Euthanasia is when a physician administers a fatal dose of a drug at the patient's request to end suffering when there is no hope for recovery.
Government statistics show 13 people with psychiatric disorders were administered a lethal injection in 2011. The number went up to 56 in 2015 — a 330 percent increase.