Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Californians Now Have the Right to Die. 111 Used It

111 terminally ill patients ended their lives in six months under California right to die law 111 Patients Chose To End Their Lives Six Months Into California's 'Right To Die' Law
Marlene Weaver | 29 June, 2017, 08:50

Deaths from aid-in-dying made up six out of every 10,000 deaths in California between June and December 2016, according to state officials. Fifty-nine percent of those who died were suffering from cancer. The outcomes of 59 others who received the prescriptions were not reported by their doctors within the six-month period, according to the report.

The Sacramento Bee reported that 58.6 percent, of those who sought the drugs suffered from cancer, 18 percent had a neuromuscular disorder such as ALS and Parkinson's, and others had heart disease and respiratory diseases. However, the number of deaths from doctor-prescribed lethal drugs was just 16 in the first year of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act and has been on an upward trend since.

Of those who died, 87 percent were 60 years old or older, most were white, college educated, receiving hospice or palliative care and had health insurance, either provided by the state or private carriers.

California officials said caution should be exercised in trying to draw conclusions from the report that is based on only six months of data.

The California Department of Public Health today released its first report detailing usage information during the first half-year of the End of Life Option Act's implementation. Of that group, only 111 had taken the pills by the end of previous year.

Brian Head Fire has burned almost 50000 acres
Two people were hospitalized in the solo-vehicle crash and subsequent auto fire that caused the wildfire on Monday afternoon. The blaze has grown to 2.5 square miles (6.5 sq. kilometers) since it broke out outside San Luis Obispo on Monday afternoon.

While California is significantly more diverse than OR, the California Dept. of Health report almost mirrors what has been occurring in Oregon.

OR was the first state to enact "right-to-die" legislation in 1997, according to the Associated Press.

It reported 204 people received life-ending prescriptions a year ago.

Twenty-one more patients died before they could take the drugs.

The law, first introduced in 2016, allows patients who are terminally ill to voluntarily take their lives.

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