Assisted suicide demand rising among foreigners

SWISS researchers found that people seeking help to end their lives were aged 69 on average, ranging from 23 to 97, with about half having neurological conditions such as motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis.

German and UK nationals predominated. Other foreign citizens came from Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Canada, Malaysia and India.

Apart from four individuals who died by inhaling helium, all deaths were caused by taking sodium pentobarbital.

BMJ 2014; online 20 Aug