111 terminally ill Californians have opted to end their own lives under new law

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.