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Over 100 People End Their Lives Under California's "Right To Die" Law

Over 100 People End Their Lives Under California's

The End of Life Option Act made California the fifth state in the nation to allow patients with less than six months to live to request end-of-life drugs from their doctors.

A newly released report by the California Department of Health accounts for the terminally ill individuals who participated in the state's assisted suicide program between June 9 and December 31. The report found that 21 people died of underlying causes, while outcomes were undetermined for 59 individuals who received prescriptions. Of that group, only 111 had taken the pills by the end of past year.

The similar law (Right-to-die Law) was approved by OR state government and many other states two decades ago that left majority of white, strongly educated cancer patients of age 60 dead. According to the law, seriously ill people could demand life-threatening drugs to doctors in order to end up their lives.

Health officials in California reported on Tuesday that 111 terminally ill people had chosen to end their lives in the first six months after the state passed its "dying with dignity" law.

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OR adopted the law in 1997. The Department of Public Health must gather information on those who take or seek taking these aid-in-dying drugs. Therefore, the aid-in-dying law came right in time. It also showed about 80 percent of private insurance companies have covered the cost of medication, including Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter, many local health plans and all Medi-Cal plans.

Oregon, became the first to adopt similar legislation in 1997, and US doctor-assisted deaths are now legal in Colorado, Montana, Vermont, Washington and Washington, D.C., according to AP.

Compassion & Choices is the oldest nonprofit working to improve care and expand options for the end of life in the United States, with 450,000 members nationwide.

"Patients are not required to have even a basic psychological evaluation prior to receiving a prescription for lethal drugs", a message on the Life Legal Defense website addressing assisted suicide said.

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