California enacted the End of Life Option Act in June 2016, allowing people with less than six months to live to request end-of-life drugs from their doctors.
111 of the individuals had taken the pills by the end of the reporting period, as of December 31 2016. Of that group, 111 people were reported by physicians to have died after ingesting the drug.
Most of the people who used a prescription - 102 out of the 111 - were white, while Asians made up six of the total; the number included three blacks and three Hispanics.
As compared to OR, the suicide cases are much lower in California because the law is not completely rooted in this state.
"The state's data show that even during the early months of the law's implementation, the law was working well and terminally ill Californians were able to take comfort in knowing that they had this option to peacefully end intolerable suffering", he said in a statement.
Compassion & Choices will continue to provide education to the public and medical professionals through its bilingual Access Campaign to ensure that every eligible terminally ill person has access to the End of Life Option Act. The law also states that doctors themselves should not prescribe the drug to them until n unless patients demand it. Therefore, the aid-in-dying law came right in time. More than 94 percent of the patients had health insurance, including 57 percent on Medicare, Medicaid or California's Medi-Cal program.
Oregon, became the first to adopt similar legislation in 1997, and USA doctor-assisted deaths are now legal in Colorado, Montana, Vermont, Washington and Washington, D.C., according to AP. 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. The remaining 80 patients' outcomes were either unreported or died for reasons unrelated to taking the drug.