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WA: 83 People Died From Assisted Suicide in 2012

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SEATTLE (AP) - The state's annual assisted suicide report shows a 17 percent jump in the number of people requesting lethal prescriptions in 2012 when compared to the previous year.
    
Covering the 2012 calendar year, the Death with Dignity Act report released Thursday shows that at least 83 people died after taking medication.
    
According to the report released by the Washington State Department of Health, 376 terminally adults have received the lethal prescription since the law passed in 2009. In 2012, 121 people requested and received the medication.
    
The report also shows that participants who died in 2012 were between the ages of 35 and 95. More than 90 percent lived in Western Washington and most had cancer.

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