CDPH Releases Annual End of Life Option Act Report

June 29, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

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.

To read the full report, visit https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/

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