12-08-2016  11:49 pm      •     
Brittany Maynard

This undated file photo provided by the Maynard family shows Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminally ill woman who moved to Oregon so she could end her life under the state's Death with Dignity Act. Maynard had an untreatable brain cancer. Sean Crowley, spokesman from the group Compassion & Choices, said Maynard was surrounded by family Saturday when she took a dose of lethal medication prescribed by a doctor under the law. She was weeks shy of her 30th birthday. (AP Photo/Maynard Family, File)

This week Brittany Maynard, 29, took her life using Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. Oregon voters approved a law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives in 1994, but opponents persuaded a federal judge to issue an injunction temporarily blocking the law. Voters in November 1997 overwhelmingly reaffirmed the nation's first aid-in-dying law, and it's been in place ever since.

According to state statistics compiled through Dec. 31, 2013:

— People who have used the law since late 1997: 752 (396 men, 356 women)

— People younger than 35 who have used the law: 6

— Median age of the deceased: 71

— Percentage of the deceased who were white: 97

— Percentage who had at least some college: 72

— Percentage of patients who informed relatives of their decision: 94

— Percentage of patients who died at a home: 95 percent

— Median minutes between ingestion of lethal drug and unconsciousness: 5

— Median minutes between ingestion and death: 25

— Number of terminally ill people who have moved to Oregon to die: unknown

 

 

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