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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 case.
  • 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.

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