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At least 500 terminally ill Californians have asked for the medicine that allows them to end their lives, and nearly 500 health organizations have signed on to help.
Some terminal patients, typically high-dose opioid users, who choose to end their lives have taken many hours, even days, to die.
In California, Colorado and four other states, many hospitals, health systems and doctors just say no.
Ending pain and suffering has helped several states pass “right-to-die” laws, but dying patients are more concerned about controlling how they die and dying with dignity.
Terminally ill patients must meet many requirements in order to end their own lives. Some could have difficulty finding a doctor willing to prescribe the drugs, and others could have trouble paying for them.
A Berkeley doctor begins an unusual practice as a law takes effect this week permitting doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who request them.
In June, California will become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with prescriptions from their doctors, but getting those prescriptions will require serious effort.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the company that makes Seconal, the drug most commonly used in prescribed for terminally ill patients who want to end their lives, physician-assisted suicide, has doubled the price to more than $3,000.
Terminal patients and doctors prepare themselves for California’s new assisted suicide law, which takes effect June 9.