State of Oregon sees 28% increase in assisted suicides in one year
The number of deaths by assisted suicide in 2020 in the US state of Oregon has increased by 28% over the previous year, according to the latest data.
The Oregon Health Authority has published its latest report on assisted suicide in the state and reveals 245 people ended their lives via medically assisted suicide compared with 191 people in 2019.
Over 81% of all assisted suicides took place among the over 65s and a total of 142 physicians were responsible for writing the prescriptions for the lethal drugs used in an assisted suicide. 79% of these doctors wrote one or two prescriptions with one particular doctor writing 31.