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A Few Lowlights from the Recently Released Oregon 2011 Report on its Assisted Suicide Law

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MARCH 13, 2012

There's a sizable jump in the number of lethal prescriptions written in 2011 and the number of deaths in 2011 resulting from the drugs prescribed. (Since 2004 there has been a steady increase in both those categories.)
This is the second year in a row that 2 patients failed to die after ingesting the lethal drugs. In the 12 years prior to 2010, that only happened once (in 2005).
Again, only 1 patient out of the 114 who received lethal prescriptions was referred for a psychological consultation.
More doctors (62) wrote lethal prescriptions than in prior years, with the range being 1-14 prescriptions per doctor. That means at least 1 doctor wrote 14 lethal prescriptions!
Once again, the Oregon Public Health Division (OPHD) admits that the report is incomplete. They have no clue about the ingestion status of 25 patients. All they know is that 3 of the 25 died during 2011, but they don't know if those 3 died as a result of taking the lethal drugs or if they died of natural causes. 22 patients are unaccounted for.
For the second year in a row death-prescribing doctors were present for only 6 patients' deaths.
Lastly, as expected, no doctors were referred to the OR Medical Board for non-compliance with the Death with Dignity law.

To read the report you can click on the following link:
http://public.health.oregon.gov/providerpartnerresources/evaluationresearch/deathwithdignityact/pages/ar-index.aspx

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