CDPH Releases Annual End of Life Option Act Report

By EGP News

SACRAMENTO  – From June 9 to Dec, 31, 2016, 191 individuals received aid-in-dying drugs under the End of Life Option Act, and 111 people died following ingestion of the prescribed drugs, state health officials reported Tuesday.

The information comes from the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) first annual report on the number of people who decided to end their life under the provisions of the state’s End of Life Option Act (Act).

The Act, which became law in June 2016, allows qualified terminally ill adults in California to obtain and self-administer aid-in-dying drugs. It also requires state health officials to annually report the number of prescriptions written and the number of known individuals who died using aid-in-dying drugs.

The Act also requires state health officials to include demographic information on the individuals who use the Act to end his or her life, including age and underlying illness.

According to the report, 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.

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One Response to “CDPH Releases Annual End of Life Option Act Report”

  1. Bradley Williams on June 29th, 2017 12:05 pm

    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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