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At least 83 take lethal dose of drugs in 2012 under “Death with Dignity”

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm with No Comments »
June 20, 2013 4:06 pm
Washington State Department of Health

An annual report on Washington’s so-called Death with Dignity law shows 121 terminally ill patients received medication that could be used to end their lives in 2012.

Continuing a slow but steady climb in participants, it’s more than the 103 people who were provided with the drugs in 2011, according to the report by the state Department of Health.

Not all of the people who receive the drugs use them.

At least 83 of last year’s patients took the lethal dose and died. Others died without taking the medication — for a total of 104 deaths – or their information was not available.

The number of total deaths is slightly more than the 101 in 2011.

Voters passed the law in 2008 to allow doctors to provide a deadly dose of medication to terminally ill patients who request it, but only if the patients have been given less than six months to live.


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