The statistics are similar to those of other states with medical-aid-in-dying laws.
Medical Aid In Dying
Herb Myers' terminally ill wife was grateful for Colorado's aid-in-dying law. The process was more cumbersome than he anticipated, but much better than the alternative.
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.
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.