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Doctors Explain “Death with Dignity”

MEDFORD, Ore. — Local physicians and State Senator Alan Bates gathered at a Medford medical facility for a symposium Saturday afternoon outlining an option for the end of life. Doctors at the symposium say the “Death with Dignity” law passed in 1998, allowing terminally ill patients with six months or less to live to take lethal medication.

“The more people know about it and the more they understand that its a humane and peaceful end to an otherwise miserable situation,” said Compassion and Choices of Oregon’s Gayle Wilson.

Washington is the only other state in the nation to have passed a law like this. According to doctors at the symposium, 150 prescriptions were given last year in the state and 77 people in Oregon used them.