About a third of those who obtain a prescription decide in the end not to use the drug, according to the group Compassion and Choices.
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An estimated 10 prescriptions were filled, but it's impossible to know how many people took the drugs.
The tool searches by zip code and lists “medical facilities that have adopted policies that are supportive of patient choice,” said Kat West of Compassion and Choices.
Experts in end-of-life decisions offer doctors, nurses and hospitals advice on how to avoid pitfalls faced in other states.
“There's a lot of confusion on the provider side, there's a lot of confusion on the consumer/patient side as well,” said Jennifer Ballentine, president of The Iris Project.
Matt Larson, who suffered from a malignant brain tumor, wants the option to end his life. Critics say it would destroy the patient-physician relationship.
A proposal on the upcoming ballot would allow people who are terminally ill to seek a prescription for drugs and end their own lives.
- The board of the largest physicians organization in Colorado also voted to stay neutral on Medical Aid In Dying, or Proposition 106.Read more