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Oregon assisted suicide numbers hit record high in 2015

The number of assisted suicides in Oregon reached a record high of 132 deaths in 2015. This is up from 105 deaths in 2014 and 73 deaths in 2013. These numbers from the State of Oregon rely almost exclusively on doctors self-reporting and state officials have no budget or legal authority to conduct independent investigations of any reported abuses of the law.

Oregon has about 10 percent of the population of California, which just legalized assisted suicide. Using the same ratio of deaths to population to extrapolate, the comparative number of deaths in California would be 1,300 annually. California has about 10 percent of the nation

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