Physician-Assisted Dying in California–First 6 Months

July 3, 2017

(Medscape) – Data from California, the fifth state to legalize physician-assisted dying,  has now been collected for the first 6 months after the law came into effect, covering the period from June to December 2016. Under the new law, a total of 111 terminally ill individuals ended their lives using lethal prescriptions during the first 6 months of the law’s implementation. More than 250 people started the process known as  the “end-of-life option process,” which requires that the patient make two verbal requests for aid-in-dying drugs, according to a report in the Washington Post.

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