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The latest official report on doctor-prescribed suicide in Oregon has been released.
According to the report:

  • Eight patients with prescriptions written in 2011 or 2012  died after taking the lethal drugs in 2013.
    [This is well beyond the 6 month life expectancy which is supposed to be a "safeguard" for writing prescriptions.]
  • Of those patients who received prescriptions for doctor-prescribed suicide in 2013, the status of 31 patients is unknown.
  • The 3 most reported concerns of those who received the prescriptions were loss of autonomy, decreasing ability to participate in activities that make life enjoyable and loss of dignity.
  • No referrals were made to the Oregon Medical Board for failure to comply with DWDA requirements.
    [If such reports had been made, they would have been examined by the board where, according to the Albany, OR Democrat Herald, Dr. David Grube sat for seven years and for which he remains its interim director.   Grube is a practitioner of doctor-prescribed suicide and has acknowledged writing at least 20 lethal prescriptions.]

A comment from the past:
In 2008, then candidate Barack Obama was asked what he thought of Oregon’s assisted-suicide law.  He responded, “I’m mindful of the legitimate interests of states to prevent a slide from palliative treatments into euthanasia. On the other hand, I think that the people of Oregon did a service for the country in recognizing that as the population gets older we’ve got to think about issues of end-of-life care.”
(Mail Tribune, Medford, Oregon — March 23, 2008)

“Report: Oregon’s suicide rate higher than nation’s”
(Oregonian — May 2, 2013)
New figures showing a sharp increase in suicides across the nation among middle-aged Americans show an even bigger increase in Oregon.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows Oregon saw a 49.3 percent increase in suicides among men and women aged 35-64, compared to 28 percent nationally.
[Note: Oregon's statistics do not include deaths under the state's law permitting doctor-prescribed suicide.]

Oregon issues latest official report on deaths under “Death with Dignity Act”
(January 28, 2014)
The number of prescriptions written has increased each year since Act went into effect.
Underlying illnesses making patients eligible for the lethal prescription include diabetes, benign or uncertain neoplasms [tumors], respiratory diseases, viral hepatitis and alcoholic liver disease. (See p. 7, fn. 6)

Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands are the only places in the world that have laws specifically permitting doctor-assisted suicide.

News articles and official reports about doctor-prescribed suicides taking place under Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act” are included on this page.

Barbara Wagner
When Barbara Wagner’s doctor prescribed a drug that would likely extend her life and would make her more comfortable, her state insurance program refused to authorize payment for it.  Instead, it sent her a letter saying it would pay for doctor-prescribed suicide.
“Letter noting assisted suicide raises questions” (KATU TV; Portland, OR; July 31, 2008)
Interview with Barbara Wagner who was denied chemotherapy, but offered assisted suicide, by the Oregon Health Plan. Includes link to video interview.

Randy Stroup
Randy Stroup who had prostate cancer was also offered doctor-prescribed suicide by the Oregon Health Plan.
“Oregon Offers Terminal Patients Doctor-Assisted Suicide Instead of Medical Care”
Some terminally ill patients in Oregon who turned to their state for health care were denied treatment and offered doctor-assisted suicide instead, a proposal some experts have called a “chilling” corruption of medical ethics.

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Text of Oregon’s doctor-prescribed suicide law, the Death with Dignity Act.

Oregon issues latest official report on deaths under “Death with Dignity Act”
(January 28, 2014)
The number of prescriptions written has increased each year since Act went into effect.
Underlying illnesses making patients eligible for the lethal prescription include diabetes, benign or uncertain neoplasms [tumors], respiratory diseases, viral hepatitis and alcoholic liver disease. (See p. 7, fn. 6)
Important Note: 
Advocates of doctor-assisted suicide point to official reports from Oregon, claiming that the data in those reports proves that the law is working well and is free of problems or abuse. However, that claim is subject to skepticism.

Those responsible for issuing official annual reports have acknowledged from the very beginning of Oregon’s assisted-suicide law, that official reports may not be accurate or complete. According to the Oregon Health Division:
“The entire account [given by reporting doctors] may be a cock and bull story.  We assume, however, that physicians were their usual careful and accurate selves.”
Source: CD Summary, Oregon Health Division
(See page two, section titled “Study Limitations.”)

Oregon’s law has become the “model” that is being or will be considered in other states and countries.  As those proposals are under consideration, it remains to be seen whether decision-makers will rely on the deceptively rosy picture painted by assisted-suicide supporters – or on the documented reality of the Oregon Experience.

According to “Suicides in Oregon: Trends and Risk Factors,” published by the Oregon Department of Human Services, the rate of suicide among Oregonians has been increasing since 2000.  In 2007, the age-adjusted suicide rate among Oregonians was 35% higher than the national average.

By 2010, Oregon’s suicide rate had skyrocketed.  The Oregon Health Authority issued a press release that stated, “Oregon’s suicide rate is 35 percent higher than the national average.”

Note: Assisted-suicide deaths resulting from doctor-prescribed suicide under Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act” are not included in statistics on the state’s suicide rate.

Most Oregon doctor-prescribed-suicide deaths are facilitated by an assisted-suicide advocacy group.

Oregon’s 13th annual report releases the skimpiest annual report yet on assisted-suicide deaths (2/11)

Reported Assisted-Suicide Deaths in Oregon & Washington State – April, 2010 – Chart (PDF)

Suicide rate in state far higher than national average
(Oregon Health Authority press release – September 2010)
According to the full report on “Suicides in Oregon”, statistics do not include assisted-suicide deaths:  “Deaths relating to the Death with Dignity Act (physician-assisted suicides) are not classified as suicides by Oregon law and are therefore excluded from this report.” (Report, p. 6)


ARTICLES

“Company blocked from selling execution drug to Mo.”
(Star Tribune — February 12, 2014)
A federal judge agreed late Wednesday to temporarily block an Oklahoma pharmacy from providing an execution drug to the Missouri Department of Corrections….[because] it would likely cause “severe, unnecessary, lingering and ultimately inhumane pain.”
[The drug is pentobarbitol which is the same drug that, according to the latest official report, was the lethal medication for  90.1% of doctor-prescribed suicides in Oregon in the last year.]
Latest official Oregon report.  See page 6

“Wrong On Assisted Suicide In Oregon”
(Courant — February 11, 2014)
Michael Freeland had a history of depression and past suicide attempts, but still got a prescription. When two Oregon nurses assisted a suicide with no doctor or proof of patient consent, nothing happened to them. These and many other documented failures of the safeguards in the assisted suicide law don’t show up in the state reports.

“Choosing Death with Dignity”
(Corvallis Gazette-Times — January 26, 2014)
Of the 30 requests Dr. David Grube has received for Death with Dignity prescriptions, he has written 20 prescriptions.
Grube says the law has not been abused….”For seven years (2001-08) I sat on the Oregon Medical Board,” he says, and he remains its interim director. “There has not been one single significant violation of the act. No doctor has been disciplined.

“From Eugene to Eugenics: Oregon’s new cost-cutting strategy is to deny care to cancer patients”
(Statesman-Journal — November 6, 2013)
Oregon’s new Medicaid guidelines take treatment decisions out of the hands of doctors and patients and put them in the hands of distant state bureaucrats willing to cut costs no matter the human toll.  It’s the practice of cost-centric controls over patient-centric care.

“Portland’s suicide rate higher than the nation”
(Oregon Live — September 30, 2013)
Every four days, someone in Portland dies from suicide, making the city’s suicide rate almost three times higher than the national rate.
[Note: Doctor-prescribed suicides are not included in the numbers since OR law requires such deaths to be listed as "natural."]

“Stop a Violation of Health Care Reform In Oregon”
(Huffington Post — September 27, 2013)
In August, Oregon’s Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) voted to approve Revised Guideline 12, Cancer Care Near the End of Life. As a result, starting October 1, patients on Medicaid will not receive life-saving cancer medications if they have certain HERC-determined symptoms…. Furthermore, the Guideline will take clinical decision making out of the hands of doctors and deprive patients their best chance of fighting cancer.
More on Medicaid

“Report: Oregon’s suicide rate higher than nation’s”
(Oregonian — May 2, 2013)
New figures showing a sharp increase in suicides across the nation among middle-aged Americans show an even bigger increase in Oregon.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows Oregon saw a 49.3 percent increase in suicides among men and women aged 35-64, compared to 28 percent nationally.
[Note: Oregon's statistics do not include deaths under the state's law permitting doctor-prescribed suicide.]

“Physician-Assisted Suicide in Oregon and Washington”
(Living and Dying Well — UK — December 13, 2012)
A report published today in Living and Dying Well updates its 2010 survey of Oregon’s assisted suicide law and extends this to include official data on the working of Washington State’s similar law.  The report concludes that “there are lessons to be learned from Oregon’s and Washington’s experience of licensing physician-assisted suicide” and that “these are too important to be bushed under the carpet with assurances that all is well.”  Full text of report

“Former Vancouver football player making ‘amazing’ progress after head injury”
(Oregonian — December 6, 2012)
Tyler Burton, a 2010 Mountain View High School graduate, suffered a head injury in October that was severe enough for doctors to place him in a medically induced coma.  Doctors at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif, told the 21-year old’s parents that he would soon fall asleep and die. Four surgeries on his deeply wounded brain had had minimal impact. The parents made preparations to donate his organs.

“Oregon awarded $1.9 billion federal funding pact, new flexibility for health care reforms”
(Oregonian — July 8, 2012)
State officials announced that the federal Health and Human Services has granted more flexibility by amending a waiver for Oregon’s transformation initiative, intended to cut costs while improving care to the Medicaid-funded Oregon Health Plan. 

“Assisted Suicide in Oregon: Evidence of Missed Evaluation for Depression”
(Charlotte Lozier Institute — May 21, 2012)
Officials with the Oregon Health Department called the ongoing decline in requests for psychiatric evaluation for those seeking assisted suicide a “worrisome trend,” noting that “[t]he decline in formal evaluation raises concerns that depression remains undiagnosed in some patients who request and receive a prescription under the DWDA.”

“Murder-suicide desperation prompts soul-searching in Oregon”
(Washington Post — April 17, 2012)
Murder-suicides are fairly common in Oregon.  Between 2003 and 2011, 183 people died in 81 events, according to Oregon Public Health Division statistics.

“Assisted suicide”
(Salt Lake Tribune — January 19, 2012
I have been a cancer doctor in Oregon for more than 40 years. The combination of assisted-suicide legalization and prioritized medical care based on prognosis has created a danger for my patients on the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid).
The plan limits medical care and treatment for patients with a 5 percent or less likelihood of surviving five years. Patients in that category who have a good chance of living another three years and who want to live cannot receive surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, However, the plan will cover the patient’s suicide.

“Don’t turn depression into death sentence for patients”
(Vancouver Sun — December 7, 2011)
In most jurisdictions, suicidal ideation is interpreted as a cry for help. In Oregon, the only help my patient got was a lethal prescription intended to kill him.

“Alarming increase in suicides”
(The Oregonian — October 12, 2011)
The number of suicides in Oregon — which has a suicide rate 35 percent higher than the national average — keeps climbing…State officials who track suicides aren’t sure what’s driving Oregon’s rate.

“Sawyer Saga Continues with Arrest, Release”
(KTVZ News Source – Bend, OR — July 11, 2011)
Tami Sawyer, indicted Tuesday, faces a first-degree criminal mistreatment charge that alleges she took custody of Thomas Middleton, “a dependent or elderly person,” for the purposes of fraud. The first-degree aggravated theft charge alleges that in October 2008, Sawyer stole more than $50,000 from the Thomas Middleton Revocable Trust.  Middleton, who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease, moved into Sawyer’s home in July 2008. Sawyer signed documents to list his property for sale, two days after Middleton died by physician-assisted suicide.

“Ex-broker from Bend arrested on Ore. theft charge”
(Times Union — July 11, 2011)
Tami Sawyer of Bend Oregon has been arrested on charges of stealing from the trust of a man who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease.  The Bend Bulletin quotes state and court documents saying that, after Thomas Middleton named Sawyer as trustee of his estate, he moved into her home in 2008 and died by physician-assisted suicide.

June 2011:
Following the death of a 29-year old Oregon man who used a helium hood suicide kit he obtained by mail order, the Oregon legislature approved SB 376, making it a crime to assist suicide by knowingly selling or transferring for consideration a substance or object for the purpose of assisting the suicide death of another person. 
However the law explicitly states that it does not apply if the person assisting the suicide is acting in accordance with Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act (ORS 127.800 to ORS 127.897.

“How to Die in Oregon — or how to sidestep hard questions”
(Washington Post — May 27, 2011)
Thursday night, HBO aired “How to Die in Oregon,” the winner of this year’s Grand Jury Prize in the documentary category at Sundance. The film, though emotionally powerful, is intellectually flabby, repeatedly shirking weighty questions surrounding the end of life.

“Suicide bill advances step close to being law”
(Register-Guard — May 27, 2011)
A bill seeking to tighten Oregon law barring people from helping others commit suicide cleared the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Although a “small percentage” of people might be concerned that the suicide kit bill might interfere with the rights of terminally ill people in Oregon to exercise their rights to physician-assisted suicide, “the legislation makes it very clear the Oregon’s Death with Dignity laws will not be affected by this new law.”

“Suicide kits rekindle debate on assisted suicide”
(Fox News — May 26, 2011)
The door to the room was locked and there was no response as Jake Klonoski looking for his younger brother.  He picked the lock and made a grim discovery: his dead brother lying on his bed, his head covered in a plastic bag connected to a helium tank. He had gassed himself to death using a suicide kit he learned about online and ordered through the mail from a woman in California.  But the laws are often vague and provide little detail as to what “assist” or “aid” means.

“Bill outlawing ‘suicide kits’ clears committee”
(Eugene Register-Guard — April 22, 2011)
“The  proposal was motivated by the death of a Eugene man using mail-order supplies….The bill clarifies existing Oregon law, which already makes it illegal for a person to ‘intentionally cause or aid another person to commit suicide,’ except when conducted under the state’s physician-assisted suicide law.”

“Suicide Kits Sell Death by Mail”
(Eugene Register-Guard — March 20, 2011)
29-year-old Nick Klonoski of Eugene, OR died after using instructions found in a suicide manual.  Following the tragedy, his brother said, “They made money off my brother, they gave him the tools to take his own life without knowing him, without knowing anything about him.  For $60, they blew his life apart. It breaks my heart.”

Doctor-assisted suicide: Annual report raises more questions than answers”
( Oregonian – - February 11, 2011 )
The report lists that there was “unknown information” for 50 to 70 percent of deaths for the following categories: whether the doctor was present when the drugs were ingested, if there were complications, if emergency services were called, and the time between ingestion to unconsciousness and to death. When such a substantial proportion of important information is unknown and with much incomplete information, how are we to know what is really happening with doctor-assisted suicide in Oregon?

Oregon long-term care residents in jeopardy (12/3/10)
Oregon’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program – required by Federal law to protect the rights of patients in long-term care facilities – is ranked dead last among all 52 states and territories.

“I’m so glad doctor didn’t assist me with thoughts of suicide”
( TC Palm – - October 19, 2010 )
Oregon woman warns Florida residents: “Don’t make Oregon’s mistake.” Jeanette Hall writes, “In 2000, I was diagnosed with cancer and told that I had six months to a year to live…It is now nearly 10 years later. If my doctor had believed in assisted suicide, I would be dead.”

“Oregon Medical Board suspends doctor who wants to open a Portland facility where the terminally ill can die under the assisted-suicide law”
( Oregonian – - June 24, 2010 )
Following publicity about his planned assisted-suicide clinic, Portland psychiatrist Stuart Weisberg’s medical license was suspended Thursday amid an investigation that he had wrongly authorized a medical-marijuana card for a drug addict and had improperly prescribed a different drug for another patient.

“For $5,000, Get Package Deal at Death Clinic”
( ABC News – - June 24, 2010 )
Stuart Weisberg, a Portland psychiatrist, plans to open an assisted-suicide clinic where people can kill themselves under Oregon’s Death with Dignity law. For $5,000, eligible patients can book a death – complete with catering, music and flowers.

“Portland doctor plans house where terminally ill can kill themselves”
( Oregonian – - June 23, 2010 )
Stuart Weisberg, a Northwest Portland psychiatrist who the state reprimanded for wrongly prescribing drugs, plans to open an assisted-suicide clinic. Weisberg filed incorporation papers with the state on June 2. He has invited Jack Kevorkian to be present at a July invitation-only dinner.

Assisted Suicide Clinic Planned in Portland
( Statesman Journal – - June 23, 2010 )
An Oregon psychiatrist has announced plans to open an assisted-suicide clinic in Portland. He plans to call the Sellwood neighborhood death facility the “Death with Dignity house.”

“Cornering the market on physician-assisted suicide”
(Oregonian — March 10, 2010)

What have we learned from 12 years of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon?  Compassion & Choices (formerly called the Hemlock Society) has the corner on the market for physician-assisted suicide.  It was involved with 97 percent of the reported deaths in 2009.  All citizens should be concerned regarding the controlling influence of this organization.

Eleven Years of Assisted Suicide in Oregon (08/09) (PDF)
Fully documented fact sheet with official statistics. Includes:
What can be learned from eleven years of official reports from Oregon? What is not contained in the official reports? How accurate and complete are those reports? What can be learned from statements of those who are most involved in implementing and reporting about the Oregon law?

Chart: Statistics of 11 Years of Assisted Suicide under Oregon’s Law (PDF)

“The chilling truth about the city where they pay people to die”
( Daily Mail – UK – August 8, 2009 )
Lord Joffe is working to pass an assisted-suicide law in the UK. He and other activists point to Oregon as a model, saying it ”clearly works” there. But the facts do not support that claim. More

“‘Right to die’ can become a ‘duty to die’”
( Telegraph.co.uk – London, England – February 21, 2009 )
Vulnerable people can be bullied into assisted suicide… Oregon has become the model for how assisted suicide is supposed to work. But for those who dig beneath the sloganeering and feel-good propaganda, it becomes clear that legalising assisted suicide leads to abandonment, bad medical practice and a disregard for the importance of patients’ lives.

“Don’t follow Oregon’s lead–say no to assisted suicide”
( Calgary Herald – Calgary, Alberta Canada – January 17, 2009 )
I am an internal medicine doctor, practising in Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal and would like to commend the Jan. 10 column by Licia Corbella, entitled: ”If doctors who won’t kill are ‘wicked,’ the world is sick.’ ” More

“Oregon assisted suicide at record high”
( Seattle P-I – Seattle, WA USA – January 9, 2009 )
Advocates of the new Washington law that will soon allow terminally ill patients to end their lives through lethal drugs expect Oregon’s near-identical law to account for a record 55 deaths there in 2008. More

“Letter noting assisted suicide raises questions”
( KATU – Springfield, Oregon USA – November 20, 2008 )
Her doctor offered hope in the new chemotherapy drug Tarceva, but the Oregon Health Plan sent her a letter telling her the cancer treatment was not approved. Instead, the letter said, the plan would pay for comfort care, including ”physician aid in dying,” better known as assisted suicide.  Video More

Depressed patients are receiving prescriptions for assisted suicide in Oregon.
(British Medical Journal. (Oct. 8, 2008)

“An Open Letter to Baroness Warnock on Assisted Suicide” (American Thinker; Oct. 4, 2008)
When she said people with Alzheimer’s should be able to appoint someone to request euthanasia for them, Britain’s leading medical ethicist, Baroness Mary Warnock, caused a firestorm of controversy. A similar, but little known, proposal was made by those in the forefront of Oregon’s assisted-suicide law and the current Washington State initiative to legalize assisted suicide.

“Assisted suicide: Conspiracy and control” (Oregonian; Sept. 24, 2008)
“Members of Compassion & Choices authored and proclaim they are the stewards of Oregon’s assisted-suicide law….They have arranged and participated in 3/4ths of Oregon’s assisted-suicide cases.”

“Washington state’s assisted-suicide measure:  Don’t go there” (Oregonian; Sept. 20, 2008)
“Oregon’s physician-assisted program has not been sufficiently transparent.  Essentially, a coterie of insiders run the program, with a handful of doctors and others deciding what the public may know.”

“Oregon’s Suicidal Approach to Health Care” (American Thinker; Sept. 14, 2008)
Oregon seems to have found a surefire way to lower health care costs:  Tell the patient you’ll pay for drugs that will end her life, but not those that would extend her life.  Here’s how it works.”

“Letter noting assisted suicide raises questions” (KATU TV; Portland, OR; July 31, 2008)
Interview with Barbara Wagner who was denied chemotherapy, but offered assisted suicide, by the Oregon Health Plan. Includes link to video interview.

“Fix this medical ethics glitch” (Oregonian; Portland, OR; July 29, 2008)
Oregon’s willingness to pay for assisted suicide, but not for treatment, creates an ethical quagmire.  “As the only state that both allows assisted suicide and tries to ration health care, Oregon has created a fine ethical line for state officials to navigate.  In this case.  They stepped over it.”

Oregon Health Plan refuses to pay for prescribed treatment, but tells patient it will pay for assisted suicide if she chooses it. “A Gift of Treatment” (Register-Guard; Eugene, OR; June 3, 2008)

“Physician-Assisted Suicide in Oregon: A Medical Perspective,”
Herbert Hendin, M.D. and Kathleen Foley, M.D. (Michigan Law Review, Vol. 106; 8, June 2008)

Oregon’s assisted-suicide law: Revealing Quotes from Those in the Know” (PDF)
Documented statements made by assisted-suicide advocates shed light on the assisted-suicide agenda. (3/26/08)

Oregon Statistics
Chart – “10 Years under Oregon’s Assisted-Suicide Law.” (2008)

Ten Years of Assisted Suicide in Oregon
What can be learned from the first ten years of official reports? What can be learned from the statements of those who are most involved in implementing and reporting about the Oregon law? (Fully documented fact sheet, including official statistics. (3/20/08)

Tenth Official Report on assisted suicide in Oregon. (3/18/08)

The Oregon Experience
The words of those who implement Oregon’s law, compile official reports about it, or prescribe the lethal drugs clearly show that the so-called safeguards are not protective and that monitoring of assisted suicide is close to non-existent. (3/06)


Oregon’s Assisted Suicide Law
Text of Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” law.


ALL OFFICIAL REPORTS

Please note:  The official statistics may not be accurate. Those responsible for issuing official annual reports have acknowledged, from the very beginning of Oregon’s assisted suicide law, that the reports may not be accurate or complete.  According to the Oregon Health Division, “The entire account [given by a doctor] may be a cock and bull story.  We assume, however that physicians were their usual careful and accurate selves”  Source: CD Summary, Oregon Health Division, section titled “Study Limitations.”
Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: The First Year Experience
1999 official report on Oregon’s assisted suicide law.

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: The Second Year Experience
2000 official report on Oregon’s assisted suicide law.

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: The Third Year Experience
2001 official report on Oregon’s assisted suicide law.

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: The Fourth Year Experience
2002 official report on Oregon’s assisted suicide law.

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: The Fifth Year Experience
2003 official report on Oregon’s assisted suicide law.

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: The Sixth Year Experience
2004 official report on Oregon’s assisted suicide law.

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: The Seventh Year Experience
2005 official report on Oregon’s assisted suicide law.

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: The Eighth Year Experience
2006 official report on Oregon’s assisted suicide law.

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: The Ninth Year Experience
2007 official report on Oregon’s assisted suicide law.

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: The Tenth Year Experience
2008 official report on Oregon’s assisted suicide law

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: The Eleventh Year Experience
2009 official report on Oregon’s assisted suicide law

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: The Twelfth Year Experience
2010 official report on Oregon’s assisted suicide law.  Official summary.

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: The Thirteenth Year Experience
2011 official report on Oregon’s assisted suicide law.  Official summary.
Methods used in reporting doctor-prescribed death.

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: Year Fourteen
2012 official report on Oregon’s Death with Dignity law.

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: Year Fifteen
2013 official report on Oregon’s Death with Dignity law.

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: Year Sixteen
2014 official report on Oregon’s Death with Dignity law.


Articles and Analysis:

“Oregon nixes use of term ‘physician-assisted suicide’:
Right-to-die advocates hope that changing the language may help pass laws in other states.”  (AMNews, 11/6/06)

“Emotional and Psychological Effects of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia on Participating Physicians” by Kenneth R. Stevens, Jr., M.D., FACR
“Many doctors who have participated in euthanasia and/or PAS are adversely affected emotionally and psychologically by their experiences.” (5/06)

“Competing Paradigms of Response to Assisted Suicide Requests in Oregon”
by N. Gregory Hamilton and Catherine A. Hamilton (American Journal of Psychiatry, June 2005)
Thirty-two firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition were removed by the police. The lethal medications, however, were left.

DHS News Release contradicts assisted-suicide advocate’s claims
DHS issued a news release declaring, “The state law authorizing physician-assisted suicide neither requires nor authorizes investigations by DHS.” (3/4/05)

Proof of Failed Assisted-Suicide Safeguards in Oregon
Depressed patient given prescription for lethal drugs.  (Paper delivered at American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, 5/6/04)

Doctors of Death
Oregon HMO solicits its doctors to kill. (National Review Online, 8/19/02)

Oregon’s 3rd Annual Assisted-Suicide Report: More of the same
The most recent official report contains the same flaws as reports for previous years.(4/01)

Oregon psychologists polled on assisted suicide and state’s PAS law (7/99)

Oregon report on end-of-life care shows need for improvement (7/99)

Oregon PAS law spun to look good
Oregon Health Division says reported information may be “cock and bull story” (3/99)

Oregon death highlights discriminatory side of PAS law
Now it’s the “purpose” of the law (death) that counts, not the “safeguards” (3/99)

Oregon issues sketchy first report on assisted suicide deaths
Assisted suicide supporter admits many cases may be going unreported (10/98)

Federal judge dismisses latest challenge to Oregon’s law
Judge Michael Hogan states that Oregon’s law my be incapable of judicial review( 9/98)

Congressional bills to ban lethal prescriptions spark debate
Excerpts from debate on bills to prohibit prescriptions of controlled substances for assisted suicide. (7/98)

Reno reverses DEA ruling
Attorney general says DEA will not take action against doctors who intentionally prescribe fatal doses of controlled drugs under the provisions of Oregon’s assisted suicide law.(6/98)

Guidelines for assisted suicide in Oregon
State will fund lethal prescriptions (3/24/98)

November-December 1997 IAETF Update
Documented Special Report on the Oregon vote and its aftermath (1/15/98)

Special Report: Oregon Takes a Closer Look at Assisted Suicide
In depth look at the campaign to repeal Measure 16 (10/25/97)

Flaws in Measure 16
Documented information about flaws in Oregon’s assisted suicide law (10/25/97)

Liar, Liar
Bigotry and Fraud in the Oregon campaign to repeal Measure 16 (10/19/97)

Gonzales v. Oregon (previously titled, Oregon v. Ashcroft The case, regarding the use of federally controlled substances for assisted suicide, was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 17, 2006.  Overview of case, U.S. Supreme Court decision, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, Text of Ashcroft Directive, ITF amicus curiae briefs, and more.