DWDA Assisted Suicide Case Study

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Since its passage in 1997, 341 individuals have chosen to end their lives under the state of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act as oppose to painfully living out their final days or months. This is according to the state department’s annual report regarding the Death with Dignity Act. [referred to as DWDA herein] The DWDA allows terminally ill adult residents to obtain and use prescription from their physicians for self-administered, lethal doses of medications. The Oregon Department of Human Services is required by the “Act” to collect information on compliance and to issue an annual report. Oregon’s DWDA is an example of assisted suicide; not to be confused with euthanasia. Assisted suicide is the process by which an individual, who may otherwise be incapable, is provided with the means (drugs or equipment) to commit suicide. This differs from euthanasia in that, assisted suicide, the individual performs the critical action and in euthanasia, the life ending decision is made and/or performed by a third party. The United States seems to have strong opposition against assisted suicide;…show more content…
Of those 85 prescriptions written in 2007, 46 patients took the medications and succeeded in ending their lives, 26 died of their underlying diseases and 13 were still alive at the end of 2007. Contained in the 2007 count of deaths under the DWDA, three people died during this year there were issued the lethal dose of medication during the year 2006. The 85 prescriptions written in 2007 were written by forty-five different physicians. Reported in 2007, as in prior years, the individuals ending their lives under DWDA were between 55 and 84 years of age. Over all, this group was well educated due to the fact that just fewer than 70% had some form of college

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