How Does Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide Affect Rates of Suicide?

  title={How Does Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide Affect Rates of Suicide?},
  author={David Albert Jones and David Paton},
  journal={Southern Medical Journal},
  • D. JonesD. Paton
  • Published 1 October 2015
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Southern Medical Journal
Objectives Several US states have legalized or decriminalized physician-assisted suicide (PAS) while others are considering permitting PAS. Although it has been suggested that legalization could lead to a reduction in total suicides and to a delay in those suicides that do occur, to date no research has tested whether these effects can be identified in practice. The aim of this study was to fill this gap by examining the association between the legalization of PAS and state-level suicide rates… 

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