Under New California Law, 111 Terminally Ill End Lives

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SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on Tuesday released the 2016 End of Life Option Act (Act) first Annual Report.

The Act, which became law June 9, 2016, allows qualified California terminally ill adults to obtain and self-administer aid-in-dying drugs. The Act requires CDPH to provide annual reports, including information on the number of prescriptions written and the number of known individuals who died using aid-in-dying drugs. Additionally, the report includes demographic information on these individuals, including age and underlying illness.

In this first report, for the partial year June 9 – December 31, 2016, 191 individuals received aid-in-dying drugs under the EOLA, and 111 people died following ingestion of the prescribed drugs. Of the 111 individuals, 87.4 percent were more than 60 years of age, 96.4 percent were insured and 83.8 percent were receiving hospice and/or palliative care.

Data in the report comes from EOLA-mandated physician reporting forms and California death certificates. The first report covers the period from the effective date of the law to the end of year (June 9, 2016 – December 31, 2016) and subsequent reports will be for full calendar years.

 

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  1. So after a year in CA how many self administered the poison as was promised when the concept was marketed? By omitting an ordinary witness all the safeguards are rendered hollow.
    State Documents in Oregon indicate that 20% of their assisted suicide deaths were bullied by the corporate facilitators forcing the poison.
    60%, even the religious, favor the concept then 95% change to not-in-favor after they learn how easily the laws can be wrongly administered Risking us all,all ages, to be exploited by predatory corporations and predatory new best friends or heirs.
    Read the language of the laws to decern the double speak, omissions and commissions.

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