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Colorado published 2021 Data Summary

This month, Colorado’s state health department’s brought the latest report on the law.

Results of the report

Last year, 222 people obtained prescriptions for the lethal doses of medication, which they must ingest themselves after getting approval from two physicians who certify that they have a terminal illness and fewer than six months to live. That brings to 777 the five-year total prescriptions since the End-of-Life Options Act was passed.

The number of Coloradans who received prescriptions to end their lives has increased each year since voters passed an aid-in-dying law in 2016, rising 18% in 2021. The report also found that the 777 prescriptions written in the past five years came from 198 doctors.

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