The End of Life Option Act, signed into law in 2015 and implemented last June, allows terminally ill patients who have been given a prognosis of six months or less to live can obtain a lethal dose of medication.
According to data collected by the state, 191 people were prescribed aid-in-dying medication from June 9 to Dec. 31, 2016. Of those individuals, 111 (58 percent) died after taking the prescribed medication. Of the remaining individuals, 21 died without taking the drugs. No outcomes were reported for the other 59 people.