CA: 111 ended their lives with doctor-prescribed meds in first year of aid-in-dying law

Source: Sacramento Bee

“On Tuesday, in its first-ever mandated statistical report on California’s aid-in-dying law, the state Department of Public Health cataloged illnesses, ages and other data, but it began with a total: 111 terminally ill adults took doctor-prescribed drugs last year to end their lives. … The majority, or 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. The median age of people using the new law was 73, with 42 percent age 80 and over.” (06/28/17)