Compassion and Choices

Prescriptions for Lethal Medications Under Death With Dignity Act Have Increased Slightly

Just Over Half of Patients Who Receive Prescriptions Under the Act Actually End Up Ingesting the Medication

January 24, 2013 – The number of prescriptions for lethal medications – allowable for terminally ill patients under the Death With Dignity Act – and the number of deaths attributable to lethal overdose from the medications was up only slightly in 2012 versus 2011, but have climbed steadily since the law was implemented in 1998, according to a report released by the Oregon Public Health Division last week.

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