Californians terminated lives under aid-in-dying law a year ago

Californians terminated lives under aid-in-dying law a year ago

Californians terminated lives under aid-in-dying law a year ago

The End of Life Option Act made California the fifth state in the allow terminally ill patients with less than six months to live to request life-ending prescriptions from their doctors.

After the aid-in-dying law was adopted in California, the state's Department of Public Health developed a statistical report where it assessed the diseases, ages, and some other data regarding those terminally ill people who received doctor prescriptions to end their lives. The remaining 80 patients' outcomes were either unreported or died for reasons unrelated to taking the drug.

Matt Whitaker, the state director of the group Compassion & Choices, said the statistics show California's new law is working as it should. We so find some parts in California that stood in opposition to the law.

Alexandra Snyder, an attorney for Life Legal Defense Foundation and critic of the law, told the Times that there is no way to determine whether a patient was coerced into taking the drug.

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According to the report, between the date the law was passed and December 31, 2016, 258 people opted for End of Life Option Act.

A similar law has been in place in neighboring OR since 1997. The state officials reported 10,000 deaths in California within a short span of time from June to December in 2016. In 2016 in OR, the number of drug-aided deaths was 37 per 10,000.

A little more than 75 percent of the patients were between 60 and 89 years old, with the median age being 73. Twenty-one of the 191 individuals who received the prescriptions died without using the drugs, while the status of the other 59 individuals is "undetermined".

As compared to OR, the suicide cases are much lower in California because the law is not completely rooted in this state.

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