Of those who died, 87 percent were 60 years old or older. This data is the California Department of Public Health's first report on the effects of the law since it was implemented on June 9, 2016, Fox News reports. "We continue to work to ensure that every terminally ill Californian has equal access to all end-of-life care options, including hospice, pain control, palliative care and medical aid in dying". The report noted that 173 physicians prescribed lethal drugs to 191 patients previous year. A majority (59%) had been diagnosed with cancer. Alexandra Snyder, an attorney with Life Legal Defense Foundation, said the data did not show whether the patients were suffering from depression or coerced into taking the drugs by doctors. If the lethal drugs are prescribed, the person can still decide whether to take them, but they are required to administer them without assistance.
California officials said caution should be exercised in trying to draw conclusions from the report that is based on only six months of data.
California is not the only state with such a law in the United States.
While California is significantly more diverse than OR, the California Dept. of Health report almost mirrors what has been occurring in Oregon.
BC Liberals question NDP's ability to to govern
A motion that could topple the B-C Liberals' minority government is expected to be introduced in the legislature today. Speaking to reporters at the B.C. legislature Wednesday, Weaver said if Clark has directed the other 42 B.C.