Oregon assisted suicide update …

March 31, 2012

in Bioethics,Hospice & Palliative Medicine,Uncategorized

Oregon’s public health division has released statistics on deaths under its physician-assisted suicide (PAS) legislation. It shows a steady increase in the number of lethal prescriptions and in the number of deaths. In 1998, the first year after PAS was legalized, there were 24 prescriptions and 16 deaths. In 2011, there were 114 prescriptions and 71 deaths. A total of 935 people have had lethal prescriptions and 596 have died. Only 1 of the 71 had been referred for any kind of mental health evaluation.

Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation analysis.

2011 Oregon report

h/t BioEdge

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