Oregon is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the state’s Death with Dignity Act. Governor Kate Brown officially declared October 27 “End-of-Life Options Day” in Oregon.

According to official data, since the law was passed in 1997, 3,280 people have received prescriptions for lethal drugs under the DWDA and 2,159 people (66%) have died from ingesting the medications. During 2021, DWDA deaths accounted for an estimated 0.59% of total deaths in Oregon.

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