Contact Us

WA Assisted Suicide (Death With Dignity) Cases Up 43% From 2012 to 2013

Death with Dignity rates climb in WA
(Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

Washington state’s Death with Dignity Act has seen a significant increase in what state health department officials call “participation.”  The latest report was released this week.

Since the act was passed in 2009,  550 people have taken a lethal dose of prescription medication to end their life.    According to the latest report from the Washington State Department of Health:

  • The ages of those who participated was between 29 and 95 years of age
  • 175 people  were given the lethal doses of medication (the legally allowed method) and of those, 153 are known to have died (between January 1, and December 31, 2013).
  • 95% of them lived on the West side of the state.

An interesting fact about the program, again this year, the overwhelming reason given by people as to why they chose the Death With Dignity option was their concern over the loss of independence due to their physical circumstances.

The Death with Dignity program is very closely controlled and monitored by the Department of Health, and ONLY open to certified terminally ill patients.

Best of Newstalk 870

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Newsmembers quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Newsmembers contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.