In February 2016, Oregon released a report on their 2015 numbers.
During 2015, there were 218 people in the state who were approved and received the lethal drugs to end their own life.
72% of the terminally ill patients who opted for ending their own lives had been diagnosed with some form of cancer.
A survey from the Journal of Palliative Medicine found that family caregivers of patients who chose assisted death were more likely to find positive meaning in caring for a patient and were more prepared for accepting a patient's death than the family caregivers of patients who didn’t request assisted death.
Listed below are some major organizations that support medical aid in dying: Compassion and Choices Compassion and Choices is a nonprofit organization in support of end of life care and claims to be the biggest nonprofit in the United States to do so.
Created over 30 years ago the group provides patients with legal assistance as well as advice and information about medical aid in dying.
In physician-assisted suicide, it is required that a person of sound mind voluntarily expresses his or her wish to die and requests a dose of barbiturates that will end his or her life.
The distinguishing aspect is that physician-assisted suicide requires the patient to self-administer the drugs.