121 people asked for lethal medication doses in 2012

June 24, 2013 

A total of 121 people requested lethal doses of medication in 2012 under the state’s Death with Dignity Act, according to a state Department of Health news release.

That’s up from 103 the year before.

The law passed in 2009.

Of the 121 patients who requested the medication last year, at least 83 are known to have died after taking it, the release said.

“Death with Dignity participants who died in 2012 were between the ages of 35 and 95. More than 90 percent lived west of the Cascades. Most had cancer. As in previous years, many of the patients who received medication told prescribing physicians about concern over loss of autonomy as a reason for participating,” the release said.

More information can be found in the health department’s 2012 Death with Dignity Act report at doh.wa.gov.

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