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California’s New Law Allowing Life-Ending Drugs for the Terminally Ill Has the Strictest Requirements of Any of the Five States that Permit Such Prescriptions

June 3, 2016

(Associated Press) – Many physicians say they are nervous about prescribing lethal doses of drugs for the terminally ill. The law in the nation’s most populous state took decades to pass and goes into effect June 9. There are concerns it will lead to hasty decisions, misdiagnosis, and even waning support by insurers for palliative care, in which dying people can be sedated to relieve their suffering.

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