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Death With Dignity Act Annual Report Shows a 43 Percent Rise in Participation

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NBCRightNow.com - The Washington state Department of Health says the number of terminally ill adults asking to end their lives under the Death with Dignity Act is on the rise.

The Health Department's annual report shows about 175 people asked their physician for a lethal dose of medication between Jan. 1 through December 31, 2013. That is a 43 percent increase from 2012 to 2013.

Since the act was legalized in 2009, there have been nearly 550 participants. Those who had died were between the ages of 29 and 95. More than 95 percent of the patients lived west of the Cascades. Many of the patients listed their concern over loss of independence as a reason for participating.

You can read more about the Death with Dignity Act here.
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