Oregon Begins Assisted Suicides

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Ten people have died after obtaining prescriptions for lethal drugs in the first year of Oregon's physician- assisted suicide law, according to officials from the Oregon Health Division.

Eight of these people died from the drugs; the other two obtained the drugs but died of natural causes before taking them. The ten included five men and five women. Nine had cancer; the tenth had heart disease. The average age was 71.

In November, 1997, Oregon became the only state in the nation to explicitly allow a physician to actively work to end someone’s life. “All 10 reports received by the division documented full compliance with the provisions of the act,” said Dr. Katrina Hedberg, an epidemiologist with the division.

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Posted 9 Sep 2000.

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