Ohio

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2018
Senator Charleta Tavares introduced a doctor-prescribed suicide bill, titled the “End of Life Option Act” (SB249).  The bill did not pass.
Text of bill
Analysis of bill
“Drug overdose could become a legal choice for some”
(Herald Star — February 4, 2018)

Current Ohio law (effective March 21, 2017)
Sec. 3795.04
(A) No person shall knowingly cause another person to commit suicide or attempt to commit suicide by doing either of the following:

(1) Providing the physical means by which a person commits or attempts to commit suicide;

(2) Participating in a physical act by which the other person commits or attempts to commit suicide.

(B) Whoever violates division (A) of this section is guilty of assisting suicide, a felony of the third degree.

Governor Kasich Signs Bill Making Assisted Suicide a Felony
(WMFD — December 20, 2016)
Governor Kasich signed House Bill 470, making assisted suicide a third degree felony in Ohio, punishable by up to five years in prison.  The bill strengthens Ohio’s protections against assisted suicide,  which previously only permitted a court to issue an injunction against anyone helping people to kill themselves.

Proposed legislation

Text of SB 165 regarding Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST)
Analysis of SB 165
Status of SB 165 (AB 131) as of November 21, 2016

Proponents Talking Points & Responses to Talking Points Regarding SB 165

In various states, MOLST is known by other acronyms (POLST, POST, MOST, etc)

For more information on such forms see:  POLST

Articles

“Mount Carmel doctor sidestepped pharmacists, persuaded nurses, sources say”
(Columbus Dispatch — February 8 , 2019)
Sidestepping pharmacists and persuading nurses to follow his orders are among the actions used by Dr. William Husel to prescribe lethal doses of pain medication for dozens of patients while working the night shift at Mount Carmel West hospital’s intensive-care unit, sources told The Dispatch.

“What we know so far about the probe of 34 patient deaths at Mount Carmel”
(Columbus Dispatch — January 30, 2019)
Twenty-three hospital employees have been placed on leave while an investigation continues, including pharmacists, nurses and some managers….
On Jan. 22, the doctor [Dr. William Husel] attended an investigative conference with State Medical Board representatives and asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when asked about his knowledge of lethal doses of fentanyl….He also asserted the right when asked if he administered lethal doses or drug combinations for the purpose of ending the lives of Mount Carmel patients….
Some [of the patients] had been hospitalized a few days, others a few hours….

Ohio doctor accused of giving fatal doses of pain medication to 27 patients.
“Mount Carmel says doctor gave 27 near-death patients potentially fatal doses of pain medications”
(Columbus Dispatch — January 15, 2019)
and
“Twenty-Seven Euthanasia Killings at Ohio Hospital?”
(National Review — January 15, 2019)