“In a new study of 3368 MAID prescriptions accumulated from 1998-2017, investigators from Oregon and Washington reported the annual rate of patients to receive a self-ingesting MAID medication prescription has increased in Washington, while remaining almost perfectly stagnant in Oregon.

That said, the presence of deaths due to MAID per 1000 total deaths has increased over time in both states.

Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act, which permits terminally ill state residents aged 18 years or older to make a voluntary informed choice to be prescribed life-ending oral drugs by a physician, was first passed 25 years ago. Washington followed 14 years later, in 2008. Since then, 6 more states and the District of Columbia have passed similar legislation—the most recent being New Jersey this year.

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