Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Over 100 Terminally ill People End Their Lives Under New Right-to-die Law

The health officials has said over 100 terminally ill people have legally ended their lives since a right-to-die law took effect in 2016, according to a report released Tuesday.

The California Department of Health report the details of the first six months after the End of Life law which allows terminally ill people to request the drugs to end life became effective on June 9, 2016.

According to the report, it was gathered that between June 9 and Dec. 31, 2016, over 180 people with six or fewer months to live received life-ending prescriptions under the law, though 111 of them had taken the pills by the end of the reporting period in December.

The report found that of the 111 who died using the prescription drugs, 58.6% had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, while neuromuscular disorders like ALS and Parkinsons's accounted for 18% of the group.

A little over 75% of the 111 people, were 60-89 years of age, and 89.5% were white. The majority of the people involved has at least some college education.

California is not the first state to enact such a law. Oregon, became the first to adopt similar legislation in 1997, and U.S. doctor-assisted deaths are legal in Colorado, Montana, Vermont, Washington and Washington, D.C., according to AP. CONTINUE READING



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