NOTE: This is a medical procedure and requires a trained clinician who can evaluate the patient, do a rectal exam to be sure the procedure can be safely accomplished, and be responsible for potential complications. We do not recommend this be done by families alone without significant direct clinician support.


NOTE: The Academy protocol for the rectal self-administration of aid-in-dying medications was revised on March 31, 2022. The revisions can be viewed here. We will update the video and other written instructions below. The video is still useful to view, but has not yet been revised to account for the new recommendations.


Click here for a 15-minite video with instructions for the rectal administration of aid-in-dying medications. Or click below to open or download written instructions.


Rectal Self-administration of aid-in-dying medications