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The Netherlands offers a form of euthanasia for alcoholics

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It is a more convenient alternative to a 12-step program in Alcoholics Anonymous.

The Dutch euthanasia law has been expanded to include alcoholism. In an article in the Dutch magazine Linda, journalist Marcel Langedijk describes the tragic life and death of his brother Mark, who was an alcoholic.

After eight years and 21 hospitalizations or rehabilitation stays, Mark reached a point where he felt he had reached his limit. Despite having two children, his marriage had collapsed, and he was unable to recover. His parents provided him with care, and he had the support of his family, yet he was unable to achieve sobriety.

He finally requested euthanasia. His physical condition was poor, and he was experiencing significant psychological distress. He met the minimum criteria for euthanasia in the Netherlands. A female physician in a black dress and sneakers arrived to administer the lethal injection. She confirmed his decision and then administered three doses. He died promptly.

Mark’s demise serves to illustrate the paucity of knowledge about real-life cases of euthanasia, in contrast to the sanitized versions that appear in politicians’ speeches. Is this not yet another instance of society abandoning an individual who had previously abandoned himself? What is to be expected next? Will Dutch drug addicts be encouraged to participate in the cheapest drug rehabilitation program ever? Just one injection and you are “cured” forever…

Mr. Langedijk is currently engaged in the writing of a book about his younger brother’s disease and his death through euthanasia, which is scheduled for publication in 2017.


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