What does one make of a situation that turns life savers into life takers?

That is what the authorities in Canada are grappling with.

Nearly 2000 deaths by suicide in one year alone, all made possible by life savers - doctors.

This is, however, the aftermath of doctor-assisted suicide which was legalized in Canada last year.

According to a report published on Friday from the time Ottawa passed the legislation in June 2016 to June 30, 2017; 1,982 people ended their lives in this way, according to an agency, Health Canada.

Most had cancer, the agency said.

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The agency noted that it expects the number to rise in the years ahead.

Doctor-assisted suicide in Canada is reserved for adults with serious health problems who want to end their suffering, and consists of a lethal injection in hospital or at home.

Days after the law was changed to allow for the practice, it was challenged in court in an attempt to expand it to include Canadians who suffer from a wasting disease but who are not facing imminent death.

These include people suffering from spinal muscular atrophy, multiple sclerosis, spinal stenosis, locked in syndrome, traumatic spinal injury, Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease.

But religious authorities are kicking against the practice on moral grounds. Canadian bishops have instructed their clergy to deny religious funerals for deceased persons who chose a doctor-assisted suicide.

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