Deadly Business: MDs Report Experience With Assisted Suicide
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In the state of Oregon, where physician-assisted suicide is legal, only one
in six requests for lethal prescriptions are granted, while only one in 10 such
requests actually results in suicide.
Although some had feared that those who lack social support or access to
health care, including women, poor people, and minorities, would be more likely
to seek physician-assisted suicide, new research shows that this is not the
In another study, researchers noted complications, such as a longer than
expected time to death or failure to induce coma. In 7% of assisted suicides
and 16% of euthanasia cases, patients woke up from their comas.