More Than 100 People In Washington Used Lethal Prescriptions

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than 100 people died in Washington last year after requesting and taking a lethal prescription through Washington’s Death with Dignity law.

The Department of Health reported Wednesday that 173 people requested and received lethal doses of medication in 2013, a 43 percent increase from the year before. Of those people, 159 are known to have died, state officials said, including 119 who died after taking the medication. The prescriptions were written by 89 different physicians and dispensed by 23 different pharmacists.

Those who died were between the ages of 29 and 95, and 77 percent had cancer. More than 95 percent of participating patients lived on the west side of the state.

Washington was the second state after Oregon to adopt a death with dignity law after voters approved an initiative in 2008.

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